Most users think that optical drives are obsolete due to the rise of digital media, but Pioneer disagrees and has just released a new optical disc drive. The new Pioneer BDR-213JBK looks like a conventional optical drive that slots into the corresponding slot on the PC (if your PC has one), and it reads and writes to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs .

Blu ray

The Pioneer BDR-213JBK is compatible with most types of Blu-ray discs and can record to 25GB single-layer BD-R and 50GB dual-layer 50GB BD-R, as well as 100GB three-layer BD-R XL and four-layer BD-R XL with 128GB capacity.

CDs and DVDs

If buyers prefer to read and write to older discs with lower capacities, the BDR-213JBK can also write to CDs at 48x and 4.7GB DVD-Rs at 16x speed.

The player also comes with software called Pure Read 3 which allows it to read from scratched or damaged discs and CyberLink software to handle copying and editing.

What is an optical drive good for in 2022?

Most laptops and desktops have phased out optical drives, and they only appear on some versions of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. However, there are still plenty of people with older record collections that might need a device to play them.

Large 128GB Blue-ray drives can be a good way to back up critical data because they don’t degrade over time like NAND-based SSDs. On the other hand, they are prone to scratches and an optical drive (hard to find) is the only way to access them.

As for Pioneer, “With the spread of telecommuting these days, there are more and more opportunities to store large amounts of data such as work data and online conference recordings from home. demand for optical discs and optical drives is expected to increase.

At $150, it seems unlikely that Pioneer will push many units, especially when there are high-capacity SSDs and external hard drives available for much less. This could be ideal for people who still keep their CD and DVD collections, as long as they are willing to pay the price.