Wednesday night Samsung sent along an announcement that it's releasing a slim external 3D Blu-ray combo drive called the SE-406A. When available, consumers will be able to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on laptops and desktops that aren't already equipped for the new 3D craze. Desktop owners won't even need to rip open the side to manually install the optical drive.
"With a compact footprint for easy portability, the new external 3D Blu-ray ODD is USB powered to eliminate electrical outlet requirements while enabling ultra fast data loading speeds versus previous models to quickly access video, audio and photo files," said Jim Elliott, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "As an eco-friendly product, the drive offers low-power consumption and is manufactured with lead-free soldering technology, which is compliant with international environmental regulations that limit the use of hazardous materials."
Samsung said the optical drive will come packed with CyberLink TrueTheater software to test PC readiness for 3D and Blu-ray content. The software will also transform your favorite 2D DVD movies "into a thrilling Close3D experience."
On the hardware front, the SE-406A will provide a variety of speeds across different data media types including 6X BD-R, 4X BD-R Dual Layer, 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 8X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording.
Samsung added that the drive will also be compatible with all major operating systems including Windows 7 and Mac OS. It will even use Buffer Under Run technology to reduce errors and enable better PC multitasking (meaning it shouldn't hog all the resources while burning). Unfortunately, Samsung didn't elaborate on how the drive will actually connect, whether through USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
Samsung said the SE-406A external 3D Blu-ray combo will be available in April for $150.