This DVD player has 1080p upconversion via HDMI Output. Makes DVD movies look a little better. USB port in the front so you can view videos, hear music from different devices on your TV. Here's the video--
Dell's adding a Blu-ray drive to its Inspiron 1525 notebook. The notebook costs $879 and you can get a Blu-ray burner for another $200. (Did you know that a A Blu-ray disc will hold up to 50 GB of data, vs. 8.5 GB available on the typical DVD disc?)
The laptop has HDMI output so that it can be connected to a HDTV.
The computer can be configured with the following specs:
Intel® Core™ Duo T2370 (1.73GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache) Genuine Windows Vista ® Home Premium Edition Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) 1 GB RAM Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam 28 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (4 cell) High Definition Audio 2.0
The Inspiron 1525 comes in a variety designs and/or colors.
Microsoft dropped it's price for the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 (rated 95 at wize.com) to $130 from $180.
That's not the only deal you get when you buy this dying breed of high definition DVD player; you can also get 5 free movies when you purchase one. All you do is submit your receipt with the price and date circled with a form and Toshiba/Microsoft will send you the HD-DVDs.
Matt Peckham seems to think that the next thing Microsoft will do is come out with an external Blue-ray for the Xbox 360.
Whatever happens, I believe, that in two or three years, the HD-DVD players and DVDs will be hitting the garage sale circuit.
They're calling it The Dragon. The Pavilion HDX is the newest laptop from Hewlett-Packard, a laptop that lets you watch movies and TV broadcasts in high definition.
Here's the scoop about the $2000 computer:
*400 GB hard drive (enough to hold over 150 full-length feature movies)
*HDX integrated audio
20.1-inch high-definition widescreen
*Options for HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc drives
*Hybrid TV tuner for watching high-definition or analog TV broadcasts
*Intel Core 2 Extreme processor
*Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS graphics card with 512M bytes of video memory
*Four Altec Lansing speakers with a subwoofer
*Windows Vista Home Premium
A competition this fierce (the battle between the blu-ray and HD DVD format) hasn't been seen since the fiercest format battle ever--the one between betamax and VHS format videotape in the 1980s.
While the betamax gave superior picture quality on the tube, the VHS format won the marketing battle. VHS won out because it was capable of recording for longer times. Each format was incompatible with the other.
Today we have the Blue-ray vs. HD DVD formats competing with each other, and, again, each is incompatible with the other.
With respect to the later, Investors.com reported the following:
* HD DVD format players are considerably cheaper than blu-ray (some HD DVD players went for $99 over the holidays, while the blue-ray variety went for close to $300. * Over twice as many Blue-Ray Disc players have sold than HD DVD players. * About twice as many Blue-Ray Disc movies have been selling than HD DVD movies. * Only Toshiba makes the HD DVD player, while many companies make the Blue-ray player.
According to the article, it's the movie studies who will ultimately rule what player becomes the standard.
More major studios are going with Blu-ray.
So, what's the verdict? There is none now. People are going to stick with DVD players until either one of the high definition format breaks ground as the only one offered.