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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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RE: Nice...
By Strunf on 8/30/2006 10:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
What you said is also true for the HD-DVD... my point is that between the HD-DVD and Blu-ray, the Blu-ray seems to be developing faster.

"Don't get me wrong I love new technology, I just dont want to pay premium prices when there is little benefit in the beginning of its lifecycle"
I don’t think you love new technology or you wouldn’t say such thing, Blu-ray today is actually cheaper than the DVD was back then, not to mention we got Blu-ray drives around the same time we got Blu-ray players when with the DVD it wasn’t the case. If we were to compare the price/ technology jump between the Blu-ray (today) and the DVD (when it made to stores), I’m not sure the DVD would provide more bang for the buck than the Blu-ray...

RE: Nice...
By Xenoterranos on 8/30/2006 11:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
The argument about it being cheaper than DVD might have been a saving grace of this new tech, if it were not for the fact that the only reason these formats (BR in particular) are expensive (and terribly long in the comming) is because the media companies want them locked down with all their DRM.

DVD was a new technology, WAY better than the one it replaced, and more than that, it was needed. At the time, the only reasonable way to store 4 gigs was magnetic. DVD made all that extra bagage go away. What does BR and HDVD give us that we don't already have? Magnetc media is actually cheaper now, DVD's are damned near disposable, and more an more people are clammoring for media sans disk, as opposed to a new format. I think it's the last attempt by the media companies at maintaining the stats quo as opposed to a true attempt at furthering technology.

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