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Old 02-21-2008, 10:34 AM
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Hello, this is my first post to the forum so I hope this question hasn't already been addressed. I'm and getting ready to go . I'm not interested in a PS3 and given the limitations of the current 1.1 stand-alone players, I'm wondering if a laptop based Blu-ray drive is the way to go. I'm looking for a new laptop anyway and I'd like to kill two birds with one stone. Does anyone know if Blu-ray drives will be upgradable to 2.1 through download updates? How is the performance of these drives? Is there noticable quality difference between a computer based BD drive and a stand-alone player? Any information would be helpful. Thank you.
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Old 02-21-2008, 02:19 PM
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Well, here in Europe are already some HP notebooks available with Blu-Ray burner. (Maybe I can get one from my new company ).

BD profile 2.0 shouldn't be a problem for a computer, because I would say its just a thing of the software (like PowerDVD) that must support it, not the drive itself.
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There should be no quality differences in playing a blu-ray on a laptop or stand-alone player--other than screen size. If you plan to use an external monitor/television then you should make sure your laptop has an hdcp compliant dvi or hdmi output.

I was going to buy a laptop slim drive and put it in usb enclosure, but the cost of these drives is giving me reason to wait. Right now the Sony/NEC Optiarc BC-5500A-01 can be had for $360, while the Panasonic UJ-225 is a slot loader for $850.

Incidentally, in December the Toshiba TS-L802A could be purchased for $140 (probably $70 now.) Hd dvd is based on a 0.6mm surface depth like dvd. Blu-ray's 0.1mm deep surface requires tighter tolerances in the read mechanism (i.e. vibration and deviances from the read plane must be minimized.) Therefore greater expense in a unit designed to be portable.

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