Pioneer BDR-203BK

This has now been replaced by the Pioneer BDR-205BK – Click Here To See Our Pioneer BDR-205BK Page

This latest offering from Pioneer replaces the solid and reliable BDR-202BK but adds a few new tricks under the hood.

Although on the outside the unit looks remarkably average the tweaks internally have improved the read and write speeds of all of the supported formats. Most notbably of these is the ablility now to write to BD-R discs at 8x speed to either single layer, 25GB or dual layer 50GB BD-R media discs. Although the BDR-203BK can still only achieve a 2x write spead to the BD-RE media these updated units are now able to support writing to dual layer re-writable discs. For users accessing lots of Blu-Ray stored data the speed of reads has significantly been enhanced. Single layer discs are now able to be read at 8x speed, up from 5x and dual layer is now topping out 6x, up from 2x.

Despite these excellent speeds it’s going to take a few months before Blu-Ray discs that support these speeds are readily available.

THe Pioneer BDR-203BK’s premium price shows what a cutting edge Blu-Ray device this is but thankfully Pioneer has packaged the drive with the Blu-Ray Disc Suite 6 from Cyberlink. This software handles the play back of DVD and Blu-Ray movies care of PowerDVD and also includes a basic video and photo editing software as well as disc writing.

Pioneer BDR-203BK Specifications and Package Contents

  • BD-R: 8x
  • BD-R DL: 8x
  • BD-RW: 2x
  • BD-RW DL: 2x
  • DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD-R DL: 8x
  • DVD+RW: 16
  • DVD+R DL: 8x
  • DVD+RW: 8x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • CD-R: 32x
  • CD-RW: 24x
  • CyberLink’s Blu-ray Disc Suite 6 included
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