Pioneer has announced that the DVR-S606, a new multiple format external DVD/CD writer, will be available in mid-September. The drive – which will have a suggested retail price of US$299 (£190) – can sit vertically or horizontally and offers both FireWire and USB 2.0 ports. Some of Pioneer's past drives have served as the basis for the SuperDrives in certain Mac models.
The DVR-S606 is compatible with DVD-R/DVD-RW and DVD+R/DVD+RW discs. It enables recording of up to 4x write speed with DVD-R discs, 2x with DVD-RW discs, 4x with +R media, and 2.4x with +RW media. It also records CD-R media at up to 16x speed and 10x with high-speed CD-RW discs.
The drive ships with Windows-only burning software.