If you’re like me and still have an old 2x DVD burner, you’ll love to hear that Pioneer is coming out with a 8X external DVD/CD writer. The DVR-S706 can be connected to an existing computer through a firewire or USB port making the upgrade a cinch. The coolest part is that you can burn a full 4.7gb disc in about 15 minutes! And with Pioneer’s advanced precision recording technology, you can be assured optimum recording performance, even if the blank disc is slightly irregular (why do they produce irregular discs anyways?). Additionally, new quiet drive technology reduces operating noise and vibration, making the burning process practically silent. They go on sale in May for about $260… I might wait for the dual layer burners.