Although still not shipping its internal Blu-ray
has already announced an external counterpart for the drive-bay-challenged. Nothing too surprising here, but you can expect the USB 2.0-based LX-2B1U to handle both single and dual-layer Blu-ray discs, and both recordable (BD-R) and rewriteable (BD-RE) discs at 2x speeds, as well as DVD±R/RW for your less storage-intensive burning needs. Seemingly lacking, however, is CD-R/RW compatibility, which seems to be starting its long, slow trip the way of the 3.5-inch floppy. Look for this one "toward the start of 2007."