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The Lite-On DX-4O1S external drive  (Source: PLDS)
Hook a Blu-ray Disc drive up to your laptop

With Blu-ray Disc now the clear victor in the high-definition format war, those cautious about buying hardware can spend with ease. Those with home theater PCs or laptops will be pleased to learn that Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS) will be soon releasing its first USB external BD-ROM drive in Q2 2008.

“Due to recent market developments we can expect an increasing volume of movies to be released in high definition on Blu-ray Discs,” said Jelmer Veldman, European Marketing Manager at PLDS. “The market adoption of Blu-ray as the optical disc standard for High Definition content results in a growing demand for Blu-ray playback solutions. The portable external Lite-On BD-ROM drive allows users to playback their Blu-ray discs on any PC via a USB 2.0 cable.”

The upcoming model, designated the Lite-On DX-4O1S can read Blu-ray Disc media at 4X, single-layer DVD at 12X, dual-layer DVD at 8X, and CD media at 32X maximum.

Those who prefer internal drives can find the Lite-On Blu-ray Disc drives for around $150.

Alternatively, HTPC addicts may consider the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive, now on clearance for $50. While HD DVD may have limited future potential, the Xbox 360 add-on, which works with natively with Windows Vista, is an affordable option to view today’s high-definition content.

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Not bad but
By djc208 on 2/27/2008 6:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, so internal drive in a USB enclosure, not really groundbreaking. The thing that concerns me is that if a bare BD drive is $150, it's going to be a while before a complete player is below $200. Oh well, I'll just keep enjoying my HD-DVD movies until the prices settle out.

I like the idea of integrating one of these into my HTPC but the expense to upgrade it to support HDCP and H.264 playback eat a lot of the cost difference from buying a stand-alone player.

RE: Not bad but
By eye smite on 2/27/2008 6:14:55 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, I think I'll wait as well, like a yr or so til prices come down out of the clouds. Maybe they'll come down sooner, but I'm thinking they'll stay pricey for a while.

RE: Not bad but
By Screwballl on 2/27/2008 6:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
agreed... I, like a majority of the market, will wait until I have a TV that can display HD content (outside of my recently built PC).
Once the TVs and players come down in price is when more of the market will jump for it. Until then most of us are happy with regular old DVD (and a few VHS only titles)

RE: Not bad but
By daftrok on 2/27/2008 7:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I'm just hoping that the 360 gets a price drop to the holy grail price of 199/299/399 so that the PS3 will be forced down to the 299/399 price and then I can snag the 299 PS3. Ahh what a happy day that will be: a PS3 costing as much as a launch PS2.

RE: Not bad but
By crazyblackman on 2/27/08, Rating: -1
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