Pioneer has announced the sale of slot-loading portable optical drive BDR-XS07JL. The device supports CD, DVD and BD. It is compatible with computers running Windows and macOS, but it doesn’t even need a computer to play sound recordings — just a smartphone. You can also copy recordings from optical media to your smartphone. To do this, you need a free application available for the Android OS.
The drive is equipped with a USB-3.1 Gen1 interface, the signals of which are output to the USB-C connector. Wireless connectivity is also possible, but this requires the optional APS-WF01J-2 docking station.
Other features of the drive include support for M-DISC optical media, the presence of an “intelligent eco-mode” with reduced power consumption, noise reduction functions and smooth playback of sound recordings from scratched or dirty discs.
The maximum write speed on BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R (LTH) and M-DISC (BD) DL media is 6x, on BD-R TL, BD-R QL, M-DISC (BD) SL media and M-DISC (BD) TL – 4x, on media BD-RE, BD-RE DL and BD-RE TL – 2x. Recording to DVD-R, DVD + R and DVD + RW discs can be performed at speeds up to 8x, on DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD + R DL discs at speeds up to 6x, on DVD-RAM discs – at a speed up to 5x, and on M-DISC (DVD) discs – up to 4x. The maximum write speed for CD-R and CD-RW is 24x. In terms of read speed, in the case of M-DISC (BD) discs, single-layer and double-layer BD-ROM discs, it reaches 6x, in the case of M-DISC (DVD) discs, single-layer and double-layer DVD-ROM discs – 8x, and CD- ROMs are read at speeds up to 24x.
With dimensions of 135 × 18 × 135 mm, the device weighs 280 g. It will appear on the Japanese market in early December. The manufacturer does not name the price.