Sony unveils three new DVD/CD burners

The 840 series of multiformat drives includes two external models--one a slim drive designed for portability--and an internal model.

The DRX-S70U offers slim portability. Sony

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:

  • 20X DVD+/-R
  • 12X DVD+/-R DL
  • 12X DVD+RW
  • 6X DVD-RW
  • 48X CD-R
  • 32X CD-RW

    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:

  • 8X DVD+/-R
  • 4X DVD+/-R DL
  • 8X DVD+RW
  • 6X DVD-RW
  • 24X CD-R/RW

    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.

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