Hot on the heels of all this last minute
, pre-CES HD DVD-related action
is the SD-H903A, which Toshiba touts as "the world's first dedicated PC-based HD DVD burner
" that writes "to all main optical discs." Aside from the obvious (albeit expected) hand-to-the-face to BD-Rs in that last claim, the burner does manage to write nicely to HD DVD-R
(single and dual-layer at a measly 1x), DVD +/- R
, DVD-RAM, DVD +/- RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Additionally, it'll include an 8MB buffer, and if all goes well, should
play back all your precious HD DVD titles without complication
. While we've no idea how much coinage will be required to pick this (admittedly sluggish) drive up, sample shipments are scheduled to take off this month, and we should get a good look at just what it's capable of at next week's CES.