Microboards Technology unveils Blu-ray duplicator towers
Darren Murph|October 4, 2006 8:45 AM
If you've got money just burning a hole in your pocket, or on the off chance you're starting an independent film company dealing solely in Blu-ray, Microboards Technology has a couple new duplicator towers aimed directly at you. While Primera's Bravo XR-Blu Disc Publisher can clone 50 discs in one sitting, you'll probably need to take a few weeks of vacation to let the single BDR-101A burner churn through all of those on its own. The CopyWriter Blu-Ray lineup features four and ten-bay flavors, handles both BD-R / BD-RE (Blu-ray's way of saying "rewriteable") and DVD±R / RW / DL, "one-touch"
pirating duplication, PC passthrough via USB 2.0, automated "gold master" detection, and a two-line LCD for progress / error reporting. The ten-bay edition also rocks a built-in hard drive for 25GB of image archiving, and both units support "future upgrades" (dual-layer BD-R?) that will reportedly be installed via one of the many Blu-ray drives available. Currently, however, the towers are limited to the smallish 25GB Blu-ray discs, and the unnamed Pioneer Blu-ray burners top out at just 2x on the BD-R / BD-RE side. While toasting up to nine discs at once may come in handy every now and then, you might want to wait until the invidiual units become a bit less pricey before throwing down $8,995 for the little guy or $19,995 for the king-sized version.