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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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Cool, but...
By porkpie on 2/27/2008 6:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if it'll boot a BD movie any faster than my standalone player? Waiting 45 seconds to start watching a movie sucks.

RE: Cool, but...
By Master Kenobi on 2/27/2008 8:59:45 PM , Rating: 4
That's not much of a function of the player as it is a function of the processor behind it. This is why the PS3 is much faster to load a Blu-Ray movie, the hardware is meant to play modern 3D games, playing a movie is a walk in the park. Stand alone players are about playing a movie, and require lower hardware specs, resulting is slower startup and load times.

RE: Cool, but...
By tallcool1 on 2/28/2008 7:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
Which is probably why a lot of people on the AVS forums recommend the PS3 as the best Blu-Ray player available.
Not only does it have a powerful processor, it costs about the same as a stand alone, its fully upgradable to whatever Blu-Ray spec comes out, has wired and wireless internet connectivity, etc...

BTW, will this external blu-ray drive work with a 360?

RE: Cool, but...
By kmshark on 2/28/2008 4:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
its fully upgradable to whatever Blu-Ray spec comes out,

I keep seeing people say this about the PS3, but it can NOT support the newer high-definition Audio formats, and no upgrade will fix that. Many can argue that this is irrelevant to most people, but for a videophile like me, it is the reason I don't own a PS3. The PS3 is not any "perfect" blu-ray player, there is no such thing, or even close... HD-DVD was much closer with it's units, just part of the reason I wished they had won.. but I'm happier just that someone won... need LOTR and many many other movies in HD.. can't wait...

RE: Cool, but...
By Mojo the Monkey on 2/29/2008 1:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that its a superior BD player, but are they ever going to allow more connectivity than bluetooth? An adapter, perhaps?

I am in a situation where its inconvenient to use the PS3 due to lack of RF remote support, or in the alternative, IR relays from an RF receiver. A lot of people are starting to use all-in-one remotes with RF to control their systems, and the ps3 (at least for the moment) is an obstacle to the single-remote goal. I cant REALLY complain, but I'm so close!

maybe i'm wrong... I just didnt find any solution when I checked 2 weeks ago. Other than that, its a great BD player.

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