Sony, recognizing that not everyone is ready for Blu-ray or HD-DVD, announced three new CD/DVD burners today. The 840 series of multiformat drives includes two external models--one a slim drive designed for portability--and an internal model.
The DRU-840A (internal) and DRX-840U (external) offer the same burn speeds:
The DRU-840A is an ATAPI (EIDE) drive, while the DRX-840U is connected via USB 2.0 (or USB 1.1, with slower write speeds). Both drives come with Nero 7 Express for disc authoring and mastering.
The DRX-S70U is a slim external drive geared for laptop users who want a lightweight drive that's portable. It offers the following write speeds:
Both external drives will ship next month. The DRX-840U retails for about $110 and the DRX-S70U for about $130. The internal DRU-840A is available now for about $70.