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Pioneer's New External Blu-Ray Burner Is Lighter and Thinner than a Burger

By Andrew Tarantola on at

The Cloud may be a hot topic in storage but it's not very convenient when you've got more than a couple of gigs of data to back up. Pioneer's new external Blu-Ray burner can handle up to 128GB with its half inch-tall frame—the world's thinnest.

The BDR-XD04 makes mobile disc-burning feasible again. Sure it only writes at 6x speeds and uses a USB 2.0 cable, but it weighs just 8.5 ounces and stands a mere .55 inches tall. The USB connection also doubles as a power source so you wont have to beg for an extra outlet at a busy coffee shop.

The BDR-XD04 can also handle virtually any type of disc, from 128GB quad-layer and 100GB Triple-layer BD-R's to DVD's and CD's—even Blu-Ray 3D discs are compatible.It is expected to retail for £97 in the US when it ships later this month; no word on UK pricing just yet. [Engadget via The Verge]