world’s fastest external Blu-ray by Asus

Asus wants customers to know it has jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon with both feet, the high-definition optical format all the way across its product lines. asus realizes folks with capable machines might now want to replace them to get into Blu-ray—and to that end the company has announced its new BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray burner, which Asus says is the fastest in the world with a 12× burn speed.

The BW-12D1S-U supports Blu-ray 3D technology, so folks with Blu-ray capable displays and HDTVs can tap into 3D content and games. Via the included CyberLink PowerDVD 10 software, users can even do real-time 2D-to-3D conversion with just a button click to add depth to boring old 2D content—users can also upscale standard-definition content to 1080p.

It supports the Dolby Digital EX and DTS-HD 5.1 audio, and features a diamond-inspired case design with an “ice on fire” blue power indicator. And folks who are looking to archive video and other data to Blu-ray media will appreciate the 12× burn speed and USB 3.0 interface that makes sure all the data gets across with plenty of time to spare—theoretically, the drive can burn a 50 GB of data to Blu-ray media in under 15 minutes..

Asus hasn’t released any pricing information on the BW-12D1S-U.

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