We've already seen the first USB 3.0-based motherboards and hard drives emerge, and thanks to Buffalo, we now have the first USB 3.0-based Blu-ray burner , the BR-X126U3.
The 12X external Blu-ray burner comes capable of writing data on both single and dual-layer disks. And while traditional external burners have usually been far less appealing than internal drives in terms of performance, that shouldn't be the case with a USB 3.0 interface.
To take advantage of the SuperSpeed spec, end-users will either need a compatible motherboard or one of the PCI-E cards that are starting to fill store shelves. For those who don't plan on upgrading in the immediate future but are in need of an external drive, Buffalo says its "fastest blu-ray burner ever" will still work just fine on a USB 2.0 port, it just won't be as fast. and chug along at 7X instead of 12X.
The new drive is expected to land in Japan by the end of December for around $450. No word yet on when it will make its way to the States or for how much.