Pioneer Electronics is introducing a portable optical drive targeted at the netbook market. It connects to computers via USB and supports writing to dual-layer DVD-Rs.
The Pioneer DVD drive weighs only 8 ounces and is slightly larger than a CD case. It will ship this August, to the excitement of Pioneer USA sales director Steve Cohn, among others:
“With more than three decades of optical disc advancements, we are excited to once again modernize the DVD/CD computer writer category with our new drive that combines high-capacity, high-quality performance in one of the world’s most slender form factors.”
It’s more expensive than Samsung’s option, but at $79.99 it’s still affordable for netbook users who want to watch movies and burn music for friends.