In our world, Lite-On is known usually as the maker of Plextor-branded SSDs, but Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corp. (PLDS), a joint venture between Philips Electronics N.V. and Lite-On Technology Corp., is one of the world’s largest makers of optical disc drives that produces rather unique products. At Computex, PLDS demonstrated its upcoming EB1 external ODD that supports Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. The Lite-On EB1 UltraSlim Portable BD Writer can playback and burn all contemporary types of optical discs, including CDs, DVDs, and BDs. In addition, the product has everything that is required to playback Ultra HD Blu-rays, making it the word’s second UHD BD-capable external ODD after Pioneer’s BDR-XD06J-UHD. The key advantage of the EB1 over its rival is dimensions: the drive...

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