HP has announced its newest DVD writer, the HP DVD Writer dvd530i, featuring high-compatibility double-layer DVD recording. This latest HP drive lets users store, back up, and transport almost twice the content of a single-layer DVD onto one disc, the manufacturer reports, up to 8.5 GB on one double-layer disc compared to 4.7 GB on a single-layer disc. The HP DVD Writer dvd530i offers an almost 90% compatibility rating with most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.
The new HP DVD Writer dvd530i features double-layer recording technology at up to 2.4x speed and single-layer recording at up to 8x. The dual-format drive can write to DVD+R/+RW and DVD+R DL (double layer) media, as well as CD-R/RW. The device also comes with software to let users edit and author video and save photos, video, music or data to DVDs or CDs.
The HP DVD Writer dvd530i is expected to be available at major retail outlets in the United States and Europe in August at an estimated U.S. street price of $99.99, and a 16x drive is expected to be available later this year.