Toshiba announces desktop HD DVD recorder

Toshiba has announced that their new HD DVD recorder, the SD-H903A, will be available later in January. The drive is a regular 5.25" form factor, runs on the SATA interface and is compatible with various DVD and CD formats. But don't get too excited. This is a first generation model: write speeds are very limited. 1x on HD DVD-R (and Dual Layer) media, 8x on DVD-R and DVD+R media (2.4x on Dual Layer) and finally 10x on CD-R.

Regardless, all the early adopters are going to want to get their hands on the drive. Too bad Toshiba is only shipping the drive to OEMs.

News source: DailyTech

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IMO they shouldnt have made HD DVD or Bluray or any of that new crap

they should have just stayed happy with DVD DL.

Get them out now and the technology will get better & cheaper to manufacture, simple as. But I won't be going HD-DVD or Blu-Ray until there is a clear winner, or they make them hybrid disks they were on about, I don't want to buy two of the same movies.

Yes, but even at 1x, it will take AGES to write.

It's great that burners are coming out, but I'm definitely going to wait.

1 x to burn HD-Disk! That is going to take hella time to finish burning 10GB or more. My DVD-RW recording at 4x for 3GB take half an hour to finish. I'd rather wait for something faster than 1x and 2x.

10x CD-R, shouldn't they include CD-R to burn at higher speed than 10x? eh what do I know...

phun8890 said,
1 x to burn HD-Disk! That is going to take hella time to finish burning 10GB or more. My DVD-RW recording at 4x for 3GB take half an hour to finish. I'd rather wait for something faster than 1x and 2x.

10x CD-R, shouldn't they include CD-R to burn at higher speed than 10x? eh what do I know...

then it's not 4x your burning, a whole dvd-r takes around 15 min. not 30 min. for only 3gb

Regardless, all the early adopters are going to want to get their hands on the drive.

Oh really.

Who's this great psychic who can speak for "all" early adopters – or all of anyone else?