Buffalo has unveiled the BR-X16U2-EU - an external Blu-ray drive.

The black drive, which measures 50x220x160mm, can be attached to a PC via its USB 2.0 connection, which also powers the device. It is capable of writing Blu-ray discs at a speed of 8x, while DVDs and CDs can be written at speeds of 16x and 32x respectively.

CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite software is built-in to the BR-X16U2-EU and allows users to upscale their DVDs to near HD quality as well as offering the option to create back-up discs of important data.

"This new external Blu-ray drive provides consumers with a low-cost option for watching their own high definition content and taking advantage of the latest technology," said Paul Hudson, sales director, Buffalo Technology.

The BR-X16U2-EU will be available from Amazon in mid-November, priced at £189.99.

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