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New LG products. Image courteys of Akihabara News
Blu-ray for all

Akihabara News reports Hitachi-LG has launched a new 4x Blu-ray equipped PC and Blu-ray burner. We first got a taste of the GBW-H10N last month, but it looks like the drive is officially on the store shelves in Japan now.

LG’s XPION X600 series desktop PC features Blu-ray high definition video playback capabilities. The Blu-ray playback component of the XPION X600 is provided by LG’s Super Multi Blue drive that supports Blu-ray and DVD formats. Backing the Blu-ray drive is an NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT with HDCP compatibility and Pentium D 945 processor. Also included with the XPION X600 systems is 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive.

For those of us not interested in buying an entirely new PC for Blu-ray, LG will also sell the GBW-H10N Super Multi Blue writer separately. The Super Multi Blue can burn Blu-ray recordable media at 4x while Blu-ray rewriteable media is limited to 2x. Up to 25GB of data can be stored on a single Blu-ray disc, though larger capacities are expected in the future. It is unknown if the LG GBW-H10N will support larger Blu-ray discs. DVD and CD recordable media formats are also supported with the GBW-H10N.

A Blu-ray player is expected before the end of the year, according to Akihabara News. There’s no mention of availability of the XPION X600 systems, though it may not be available to North American customers as LG doesn’t have much presence in the North American markets. As far as the Super Multi Blue GBW-H10N goes it most likely won’t be cost effective as other Blu-ray drives retail for north of $700.

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cheap ROM-only only version?
By i2mfan on 8/30/2006 8:12:43 AM , Rating: 2
Why not release a cheap ROM-only only version for movie playback?

I figure that if I could get ROM only versions of HD($350 vs Toshiba player $500) and BD($450 vs Sony Burner $750), I could build an HTPC that play both formats. I don't really care for the burning part for now. It's not hybrid all in one but close :D I put the expected price(?) of the drive vs price of the standalone player on the market now. Don't really know.

Any one know of such models and the price?

RE: cheap ROM-only only version?
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/30/2006 8:57:45 AM , Rating: 2
I really don't like how the newest optical technologies are developing.
When the first CD-Rom drives came out, there weren't any HDDs capable of holding as much as 600mb.
When DVDR drives came out (around 1997), you already had hdds capable of storing as much as 17gbs vs 4gb on a dvd.
And now here it comes this darned thing which can only hold the content of 3 DL dvds for about 4x the media price and slower speeds, when you are closing to 1TB of HDD storage.
Seems to be, IMHO, more of a marketing move than a technological leap.
I'll wait for the real leap to come, something that at least can hold 100gb on a single disc (at least a DL one), as blue-ray once upon a time promised...
6 times the capacity for about 20 times the price seems like a 100% looser for me. I just can see this as a "braging right giver" device.
Besides, I don't really care about ultra hi fi movie def, as my not-so-great-eyes hardly can tell the difference of a divx movie vs a 720p one on a 20" LCD screen seen at a 4ft distance :D

RE: cheap ROM-only only version?
By xsilver on 8/30/2006 9:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
why not incorporate devices with inbuilt USB/firewire ports at the front for mobile media storage?
40g laptop hdd+external case = cheaper than 1 BR disc
you only need somewhere to use it.

Personally I think that will be the way of the future anyways.
latest Mobile phones already have 4gig storage.
Mobile library in your pocket at all times.
/runs to patent office :)

RE: cheap ROM-only only version?
By ChugokuOtaku on 8/30/2006 10:41:23 AM , Rating: 2
that should be the future for 2.5" form factor harddisks.
Just a matter of time before low/medium capacity flash ROM drives will replace mechanical harddrives in laptops. The best way to utilize the 40/60/80gig+ laptop harddrives is to have them in ultra compact enclosures that can dock straight into a 3.5" bay with an adapter interface on a desktop desktops. Or even better, since they'll all be eSATA by then, it can directly connect, without having to bridge an interface.

RE: cheap ROM-only only version?
By Xenoterranos on 8/30/2006 11:23:40 AM , Rating: 2
++ esata!
When you think of all the advances made to stabalize the durability or flash and magnetic media nowadays, static disks start to seem more and more like nothing more than good archiving devices. And in that light, BR and HDDVD start to look even more limp and useless. We need a static medium that can hold much more than this. Just look at the 120mb "superdisk" floppies and zip drives to see how long incremental increases in media stroage will keep the consumer happy.

By lobadobadingdong on 8/30/2006 1:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
??? I know people that still don't have a dvd player because vhs movies are still cheaper and "good enough".

By lobadobadingdong on 8/30/2006 1:12:50 PM , Rating: 2
??? I know people that still don't have a dvd player because vhs movies are still cheaper and "good enough".

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