Europeans have been able to bag this speedy external writer for a few months now, but it's only just received its Green Card -- turning up in the US with a suitcase full of dreams and a price tag of $239.99. A quick check of its CV resume reveals a choice of either USB 3.0 or eSATA connectivity, 12x write speed, and the ability to burn up to 50GB of data on a dual-layer disc. The drive is being pitched as an "all-in-one Blu-ray device" because it also handles 3D playback and has a low vibration system for quieter operation. Admittedly, it only offers half as much storage as BDXL writers, but those burn slower and onto judderingly expensive media. Closer competition comes from Buffalo, which arrived early to the USB 3.0 table, but whose current MediaStation model omits the eSATA option.
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Plextor Announces PX-LB950UE External 12X Blu-Ray Writer

PX-LB950UE brings HD to PCs with both USB3.0 and eSATA connections

(Fremont, CA – April 27, 2011) – Plextor (www.plextor.com), a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announces the newest addition to its Blu-ray lineup with the new PX-LB950UE external 12X Blu-ray Writer – the fastest Blu-ray writer available in the market today. This drive features the latest superspeed USB3.0 and eSATA connections, providing bandwidth for high data transfer rate.

Supplied with advanced Blu-ray and DVD playback software and recording applications, the PX-LB950UE offers a full Blu-ray HD experience. The drive is designed to provide smooth and quiet HD Blu-ray movie playback with excellent sound reproduction and a crystal clear picture quality. This drive also supports 3D playback and is able to convert 2D contents to simulate 3D effects.

"We are excited to offer a transportable all-in-one blu-ray device to consumers," said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager at Plextor. "The PX-LB950UE lets you connect to any computer with USB or eSATA connection making access to Blu-ray technology a breeze."

In addition, the PX-LB950UE is developed with a low vibration system, eliminating most vibrations. It has a large 8MB buffer ensuring an enhanced writing accuracy at high speed. The PX-LB950UE also features a special chassis, which channels the airflow, cools the motors, improves performance and extends the lifetime of the drive.
The PX-LB950UE comes with Plextor's very own PlexUTILITIES, a comprehensive disc and drive analysis tool. This drive is also LightScribe enabled.

The 12X External Blu-ray Writer, PX-LB950UE, is available now with the suggested MSRP of $239.99.