Bargain Pioneer Blu-ray creeps closer

Bargain Blu-ray drives are spreading across the world with Pioneer now pimping its $300 Chinese BDC-S02 spinner to the States, as the equally knockdow

Bargain Blu-ray drives are spreading across the world with Pioneer now pimping its $300 Chinese BDC-S02 spinner to the States, as the equally knockdown-priced BDC-2202.The two drives are hard to tell apart – they're both players only, so no burning, and both come in an attractive shade of ‘hearing aid beige’, just like the BDR101A (pictured). Like the S02, the 2202 will still burn CDs and DVDs so you can chuck out your old drive, or keep it as a spare for old time's sake.All we want to know is when one of them will be arriving here. Our newly installed Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS graphics card is getting lonely without a hi-def spinner to play with.

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Pioneer BDC-2202Price: £TBA ($300 in US)On sale: TBA (June in US)Contact: PioneerRelated stories:Pioneer breeds bargain Blu-ray