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I was emailed about this deal from NowDirect:

Pioneer BDC-202BK Blu-ray DVD±RW Combo Drive for $149.99

No mail-in rebate.

In comparison, this same drive goes for $219.99 at Newegg.

I know there's a deal for a Lite-On Blu-ray drive at the egg for a few bucks less, but the major difference is this Pioneer drive has a DVD Burner on it as well.

Just thought I'd point it out. A good deal for building a Blu-ray capable HTPC.
    
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Would be nice but the DVD/CD read speeds are rather disappointing.
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Would be nice but the DVD/CD read speeds are rather disappointing.
Aren't 32X CD / 12X DVD read speeds fairly standard?
    
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48x cd and 16x dvd is the standard basicly

52x is the max for cds
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48x cd and 16x dvd is the standard basicly

52x is the max for cds
I see. So it's a little slower than the standard. Still a great deal IMO for a Blu-ray DVD combo drive.
    
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I see. So it's a little slower than the standard. Still a great deal IMO for a Blu-ray DVD combo drive.
yes indeed
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Just seems a little odd that they'd drop the speeds, especially for what is supposed to be a high-end drive. I have an 18x and a 20x DVD drive in my PC, both supporting 48x CD speeds.
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Just seems a little odd that they'd drop the speeds, especially for what is supposed to be a high-end drive. I have an 18x and a 20x DVD drive in my PC, both supporting 48x CD speeds.
Well there are three lasers in there. Why would they put two high-end CD and DVD diodes into a Blu-Ray drive? No, this drive is for people who want to watch Blu-Ray movies on their computer. It's a "high-end" drive because you can play Blu-Ray movies on it.

There is absolutely no reason to drive up the price to pay for more expensive lasers that no one is going to use. Obviously the market isn't too interested in 32x/12x CD/DVD lasers because people like you think it actually makes a significant difference to your daily life to have "top of the line" CD/DVD reads speeds, so they stuck the "slow" ones into Blu-Ray drives!

Tell me where your fabulous read speeds actually make a significant difference. The only place read speed actually matters is copying information from the disc, obviously. The only application here is when installing a program from a disc and last time I checked, people weren't upgrading their hardware to achieve a higher InstallShieldMark06 score. Get over yourself, this is a great deal and no one in the market for a Blu-Ray PC drive cares about the CD/DVD read speeds, for crying out loud.
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The only application here is when installing a program from a disc and last time I checked, people weren't upgrading their hardware to achieve a higher InstallShieldMark06 score.
Now THAT is funny no matter who you are!
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Well there are three lasers in there. Why would they put two high-end CD and DVD diodes into a Blu-Ray drive? No, this drive is for people who want to watch Blu-Ray movies on their computer. It's a "high-end" drive because you can play Blu-Ray movies on it.

There is absolutely no reason to drive up the price to pay for more expensive lasers that no one is going to use. Obviously the market isn't too interested in 32x/12x CD/DVD lasers because people like you think it actually makes a significant difference to your daily life to have "top of the line" CD/DVD reads speeds, so they stuck the "slow" ones into Blu-Ray drives!

Tell me where your fabulous read speeds actually make a significant difference. The only place read speed actually matters is copying information from the disc, obviously. The only application here is when installing a program from a disc and last time I checked, people weren't upgrading their hardware to achieve a higher InstallShieldMark06 score. Get over yourself, this is a great deal and no one in the market for a Blu-Ray PC drive cares about the CD/DVD read speeds, for crying out loud.
Calm down. For your information, I do appreciate the difference in speeds, especially during large installs, ripping CDs and burning media.

And read/write speeds have absolutely nothing to do with the lasers. Speeds are determined by the control logic's capability to handle data at a given rate, to and from the laser/photodiode. It also determined by the limitations of the logic controlling the tracking of the laser, and ultimately, the integrity of the disk.

Aside from blue laser diodes, red laser diodes cost mere pennies to produce. So there is no reason why such a "high end" drive should not have high end specs. Heck, even my 5 year old laptop can burn CDs at 24x, and a 10 year old Toshiba laptop we have has a 24x CD drive - only 8x slower read speed for a dinosaur.
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