MCE Technologies announced this week the availability of its 8X Blu-ray Recordable Drive for Macs Pro and Power Macs, which supports recording Blu-ray, DVD and CD media on Apple's professional towers. A version was specially designed for the Mac Pro launched this year, and an external model supports USB 2.0 and eSATA (external Serial ATA) connections.
To record on BD-R media, the drive requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, and also requires Roxio's Toast Titanium 10 software (but also compatible with Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro). It is capable of recording HD content, which can then be viewed on dedicated Blu-ray movie players because, the irony that Ma's operating system does not yet support it.
The drive writes BD-R discs at 8x and BD-RE media (rewritable) at 2x. Most DVDs can be burned at 16x, while average dual-layer no more than 8x. Recordings on CD-Rs, in turn, reach up to 48x.
The basic version of the drive for Macs Pro / Power Macs costs $ 450, while the specific 2009 edition comes out at $ 430, with the external option having a suggested price of $ 530. Each model comes with software for playback via Boot Camp (hehe) and a 25GB BD-RE disc.