With the demise of the HD-DVD format now a done deal, PLDS (Philips and Lite-On Digital Solutions) says it’s ready to begin selling its DX-401S external Blu-ray hard drive. Pricing has yet to be determined.

The PLDS DX-401S will be branded as a Lite-On device and will read but not write Blu-ray discs. It will attach to a PC via a USB 2.0 port, so there will be no need to perform a fiddly upgrade. The external drive will read all standard-definition CD and DVD formats.

Although a price has yet to be announced for the DX-401S, PLDS says it will be sold “at the lowest price possible”. The external Blu-ray drive will be “the external equivalent to the DH-4O1S multi-format drive” that PLDS already sells. It goes onsale in April.

Specifications for the PLDS Lite-On DX-401S

External Blu-ray ROM drive

Reads all DVD+/-R(W) and CD-R(W) media.

Summary of reading speeds:
4x read speed for single and dual-layer BD-R/RE/ROM discs; 12x read speed for single-layer DVD+/-R discs; 8x read speed for DVD+/-RW and 32x read speed for CD-R(RW)

The PLDS Lite-On DX-401S willl be sold in the UK by Computer Connections, Ingram Micro and Microtronica.

PLDS Lite-On DX-401S external Blu-ray drive

PLDS Lite-On DX-401S external Blu-ray drive

PLDS Lite-On DX-401S external Blu-ray drive

PLDS Lite-On DX-401S external Blu-ray drive