BDA-approved media maxes out at 6x (assuming you can find one). That's a funny bit of math, no?
Available in Japan starting in August, the external USB 2.0 and eSATA BR-816SU2 and internal SATA BR-816FBS models hit 8x recording speed on single-layer BD-R media only -- 2x for dual-layer BD-R, BD-RE, and LTH BD-R.
Not to be forgotten, CDs and DVDs are also supported, with a max 16x burn to DVD±R or 48x/24x for CD-R/RW. Each drive comes bundled with Cyberlink's PowerDVD 7 suite and are priced at ¥46,700 (about $435) for the external drive or ¥41,000 (about $380) for the internal optical spinner.
Meep meep. Now if only the Roadrunner effect can happen on the price. (Thanks, CDRinfo!)