Sony's external DRX-820UL DVD writer

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Sony has launched the DRX-820UL DVD writer, an external version of their recently-launched DRU-820A writer.

The rather stylish DRX-820UL is designed to be used either horizontally or vertically, so you can slip it into any small space you have on the desk. It also comes with the Nero Software Suite, which includes bonus tools for DVD authoring, audio editing and DVD back-up.

In terms of performance, the DRX-820UL has a rewriteable speed of 5x for DVD-RAM media and the ability to burn all DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW media, including the latest double and dual layer DVD recordable discs. The DRX-820UL records DVD+R DL media at 8x speed, DVD-R DL media at 6x speed and single-layer DVD±R discs at 16x speed. Rewritable DVDs can be recorded at 8x (DVD+RW) and 6x (DVD-RW) speed respectively and the drive offers 48x CD speed. You can connect to your PC via USB2.0 or IEEE1394 interface.

Available later this month, expect to pay around £95.

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