Toshiba External HD DVD ROM

Newegg.com offers new portable HD DVD drive from Toshiba, not available officially yet.

It has the following specs:

Model
Type External HD DVD ROM
Brand TOSHIBA
Model PA3530U-1HD1
WRITE Speed
DVD+R 4X
DVD+RW 4X
DVD-R 4X
DVD-RW 4X
CD-R 16X
CD-RW 10X
DVD+R DL 2.4X
DVD-R DL 2X
DVD-RAM 3X
READ Speed
DVD-ROM HD DVD read 1X speed (maximum)
DVD read 8X speed (maximum)
CD-ROM 24X
Physical Spec
Panel Color Black
Configuration
Load Type Tray
Interface USB 2.0
Features
Features Thin and lightweight drive fits in your carrying case
Spectacular high-definition picture – Six times higher picture resolution than DVD
Extra-ordinary sound with 7.1 channels of high resolution audio
Experience the next generation of high-definition technology
Simple and fast installation – easy plug and play operation

Fits your lifestyle:
o Watch your favorite HD DVD movies
o Play music & games
o Burn photo or music CDs
Productivity:
o Back up important files
o Easily access CD and DVD based medias

Use for multimedia presentations
This drive is equipped with a full-size HD DVD-ROM drive module that lets you record data to rewritable CD/DVDs as well as run 12cm (4.72″) CD/DVD/HD DVDs and 8cm (3.15″) CD/DVDs without using an adaptor.

DVD-R write 4X speed (maximum)
DVD-R DL write 2X speed (maximum)
DVD-RW write 4X speed (maximum)
DVD+R write 4X speed (maximum)
DVD+R DL write 2.4X speed (maximum)
DVD+RW write 4X speed (maximum)
DVD-RAM write 3X speed (maximum)
CD read 24X speed (maximum)
CD-R write 16X speed (maximum)
CD-RW write 10X speed (maximum, Ultra-speed media)

Packaging
Package Contents PA3530U-1HD1
Drive Disc
User Manual
Power Adapter
Power Cable
USB 2.0 Cable

This seems like a cheap option for people who want to get their hands on HD DVD player. On the other hand, XBOX 360 HD DVD player is still cheaper if you dont mind a bit of tweaking to make it work under Windows.

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