No more gazing jealously across the Pacific as those Chinese consumers gobble up cheap-as-free BDC-S02 Blu-ray drives from Pioneer. The new BDC-2202 will be available in the US next month, and can read Blu-ray at 5x, Blu-ray dual layer at 2x and reads and writes to DVDs and CDs as well. Unfortunately, the BDC-2202 leaves out Blu-ray burning, which might be a deal breaker for some, and a complete non-issue for others. If you're just in it for the playback side of things, the BDC-2202 seems the way to go -- until something cheaper comes out next month, of course.

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Pioneer's BDC-2202 $300 Blu-ray drive heads for the States