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Blu-Ray in a Laptop worth it?


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#1 Stevie-O

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:42 AM

Hi all,

I'm in the market for a new laptop and was wondering if anyone has one with a Blu-Ray player in it. I'd like hook it up to my HD TV for use.

Do they work well, and is the picture just as good as a regular Blu-Ray player (provided the proper cables are used)?

I guess in the end, if I buy a laptop with one it in, then I don't have to buy a Blu-Ray separately.

Any comments or suggestions?

Thanks!

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:31 PM

It would probably be cheaper to buy a laptop and standalone blu-ray player. Don't bother with it unless you travel a lot.
You must use HDMI or DVI to get 1080p but the picture quality should be just as good.

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MSI has a few decently-priced notebooks with blu-ray but I can't speak for their quality. I have never seen or used a MSI notebook.

Edited by RainbowSix, 16 August 2010 - 12:34 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:27 PM

You can get a decent BluRay player for $150. That's a lot cheaper than a laptop and it's designed to play Blu-Ray discs and be connected to a home theater.


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 09:54 PM

Will the ability to read BluRay become important in the future because BluRay becomes a standard media format?

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:31 PM

CD-ROM drives were first released in the 80s and weren't replaced by DVD-ROM drives until late this decade. I predict blu-ray discs won't be the standard format until at least 2015-2020. I still have yet to see a game which requires two DVD discs.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:28 PM

Will the ability to read BluRay become important in the future because BluRay becomes a standard media format?

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Blu-Ray won't become a standard for 10-20 years if that. The drives are still expensive. The media is expensive. No software (other than PS3 games) needs that much for an installation disc.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:27 AM

I just noticed that BluRay discs have a hug data capacity of 25Gb or so. DVD discs are only around 5 Gb. Makes me think BluRay discs will used for this purpose alone.

I am guessing that upgrading a laptop to BluRay may not be easy and be mother board dependent. Am I correct here?

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 08:56 PM

Or Blu Ray could be skipped over.. just mybe

Apple skipping Blu Ray

MS skipping Blu Ray

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:48 PM

^^^^Apple (Mac OS X) doesn't support Blu-Ray natively. Neither does Microsoft, who refuses to support it for the Xbox 360 when HD-DVD failed. Not sure if Apple or Microsoft dictate the home theater market either. Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and the MPAA do that. And they are all heavily supporting Blu-Ray.

I just noticed that BluRay discs have a hug data capacity of 25Gb or so. DVD discs are only around 5 Gb. Makes me think BluRay discs will used for this purpose alone.

I am guessing that upgrading a laptop to BluRay may not be easy and be mother board dependent. Am I correct here?


25GB for single layer. 50GB for dual layer. DVD is 4.37GB for single layer and about 7.9GB for dual layer.

No, upgrading is not motherboard dependent. BD-ROM drives are SATA. So as long as you have that then you are fine. There are also USB 2.0 external BD-ROM drives. You can plug them into anything. You just need the software (included with most BD-ROM purchases) and a powerful computer to play them.

Will the ability to read BluRay become important in the future because BluRay becomes a standard media format?

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No. Windows 7 is on a single layer DVD. There's also dual layer DVD tha tsupports 7.9GB of compressed data. It will be a while before apps start needing more than that. Blu-Ray is still taking off as well. Maybe in 5 years it will be as standard as DVD is now.

Edited by JonM33, 27 September 2010 - 10:53 PM.





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