Disc drive maker Addonics has announced its Zebra Blu-ray/HD DVD Player external drive. Not only will it read both high definition formats, it can also read and write to most DVD and CD media as well. The drive comes in two models. One version has both USB 2.0 and external SATA connectors, for a list price of $429. You can also get a version without the USB connection for $20 less.
This should be an appealing announcement for those who are planning to roll their own media center PCs, which at this point is probably the most practical and affordable way to get a digital video recorder for HDTV content. It’s still a bit more expensive than a stand-alone player, but if you’re interested in creating your own solution, this looks like an attractive building block.