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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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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...

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