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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 VoodooChicken on 2/28/2008 1:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. A LEGAL copy of PowerDVD Ultra comes in at $100, and I haven't had much success with WinDVD or Nero Showtime with hi def movies of either format.

PLUS, even though Windows XP and Vista recognize the drive, you can't update the firmware and HDCP through Windows Update. I had to get my brother to flash the drive with the October Update to get anything newer beyond King Kong to work.

Now there's a new problem cropping up with PowerDVD, so far Across the Universe (Blu) is the only problem movie I have, but there's no selectable controls or direct access to anything beyond the menu.

So stick with Blu 2.0 standalone players unless you REALLY like tinkering with HTPCs


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