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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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By Yawgm0th on 2/27/2008 6:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
The real first external BD burner:

Granted, all you need is a IDE to USB bridge board or SATA to USB bridge board. BD-RE works just fine with existing boards. Nevermind eSATA...

Pure marketing fluff to call this the first external BD-RE drive.

RE: Hardly
By AlphaVirus on 2/27/2008 9:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
From the website you posted.
Ideal for mid- to large-sized companies and organizations including government and military, medical records and imaging systems, banking, insurance, back-up and archival, high-definition video, digital movie post production and more.

So what were you saying?

And might I add
Just $5,295 (MSRP)

Sooo, when do you plan on buying one of these? If you do get one, buy us all one since you are so rich buddy.

RE: Hardly
By JoshuaBuss on 2/27/2008 11:41:12 PM , Rating: 3
the price doesn't change the fact that it's been out far longer than this.

RE: Hardly
By Yawgm0th on 2/28/2008 3:22:05 AM , Rating: 3
I didn't say it or in anyway imply that it was competition for the device in the article. It did, however, contain the first commercially-available external BD-RE drive, proving the one and only point my post was making.

Thank you for your excellent display of reading comprehension.

RE: Hardly
By AlphaVirus on 2/28/2008 11:16:14 AM , Rating: 1
Apples and Oranges, you are providing a Commercial brand external while the article is showing a consumer brand. Just because it has been out for 10 years does not mean it is a feasible options for the average joe to go to their local walmart and purchse. Also a drive with a base price of over $5,000 is not something a consumer is looking for.

So when do you plan on buying your kid that blackberry again? Or were you planning on the Vertu?

You called the article "market fluff" which was pointless, that was my point.

RE: Hardly
By deeznuts on 2/28/2008 12:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
Article didn't mention commercial vs. consumer, just said "first"

Anyways who cares.

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