With Blu-ray as the winner, more competition between Blu-ray
makers should help to drive prices of the players down allowing more
consumers to adopt the Blu-ray format. The first indication of a
change in pricing for Blu-ray equipped notebooks came from Dell when
it announced today that its Inspiron
1525 notebook with Blu-ray now starts at $879.
The Inspiron 1525 is a 15.4-inch notebook with a wide aspect ratio
screen capable of 720p playbacck and features a HDMI output. The
Blu-ray player Dell uses in the 1525 can also burn CD and DVD as well
as play standard DVD movies.
Dell uses Broadcom Media PC technology to allow the integrated
graphics machine to be able to play Blu-ray titles. HD playback is
enabled through a built-in dedicated accelerator in the systems
Dell offers the 1525 in three colors including Sunshine Yellow,
Midnight Blue and Ruby Red. Buyers can also choose from designs
including Chill, Blossom and Commotion.