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The Buffalo BR-X1216U3 is a 12x Blu-ray burner that supports the USB 3.0 connection interface.

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Pros

external burner - can easily be transported, connected to any PC

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fast 12x writes

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backwards compatible with USB 2 for use with older (current) computers

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reads and writes to the latest high definition / high capacity optical media (Blu-ray)

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includes upconverting playback functionality (early burners did not)

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utilizes the latest USB 3 standard for enhanced bandwidth and thus faster burns

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vertical orientation saves space

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attractive matte finish

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Cons

optical media is on the way out - can buy a full RAID drive enclosure for the same price

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high price - double that of a comparable internal drive

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The Buffalo BR-X1216U3 is a 12x Blu-ray burner that supports the USB 3.0 connection interface. It was in fact touted upon its release as the fastest BD drive to date. It can read and write to Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs at relatively high speeds from 40x(CD) to 12x(BD). Keep in mind though that when using the device with a lower-end USB 2.0 port, the maximum BD write speed is limited to just 7x. Additional features include compatibility with BD-Live; support for AVCHD; and HD upscaling via the bundled CyberLink Power Director software.

Features
  • RELEASED IN JAPAN (2009)
  • RELEASED IN US/UK (2010)
  • 12x BD Burner
  • CD/DVD/BD (Read/Write/Rewrite)
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • USB 2.0 Backwards Compatibility
  • BD-Live
  • AVCHD
  • HD Upscaling
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