BenQ gets tangled up in Blu

It’s finally BenQ’s turn to dabble with a Blu-Ray drive for PCs, following moderately warm on the heels of Philips, Samsung and Pioneer.The BW1000 is

It’s finally BenQ’s turn to dabble with a Blu-Ray drive for PCs, following moderately warm on the heels of Philips, Samsung and Pioneer.

The BW1000 is identical in all but name to the recent offering we saw from Philips [story here], with the ability to write to both 25GB single-layer discs as well as dual-layer 50GB jobs.

This is a Peter Crouch-sized leap in storage potential. Dual-layer discs can hold two hi-def films or, if you’re into archiving, 26 hours of standard-def, which is enough for the entire first season of Lost.

BenQ is also bigging up its Precision Tilt Control System (PTCS), which apparently provides an extra level of protection against vibration and noisy signals, although all of the new drives are claiming that. The drive also has LED indicators to tell you if the disc is Blu-Ray, DVD or a CD.

In an amazing coincidence, the BW1000 costs exactly the same as the offerings from Pioneer and Samsung – £550, from late August.

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