Should I get a laptop with Blu-Ray player?

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    Jan 21, 2009 11:11 AM GMT
    I'm looking to buy a laptop. There is this model that comes with a regular DVD player and a little slower processor or Blu-Ray player and faster processor. The price different is 300 bucks. I've never had Blu-Ray so I have no idea if it looks better. Is it going to be the thing in next few years? I only need to use the laptop for school, internet, music and movies.
    Oh, and does anyone recommend good place to buy laptops? Thanks!
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    Jan 21, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    Coming from someone who's old-skooled, I would suggest that you buy the one with a regular DVD player. If you want a Blu-Ray player, just buy the player separately --and use it solely for watching movies.
    You know how marketing works-- of course, if you choose the latter, you'd just be spending more on Blu-Ray discs --I do admit Blu-Ray really rocks (but I'd rather reserve seeing something from it on at least a 32-inch flatscreen TV or a widescreen plasma 21-inch minimum.
    This is the same reason why I prefer celphones sans a camera, an mp3 player, etc. Let it be what it should be: a celphone. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    Hold up. Blu-Ray PLAYER? or WRITER?

    If it is a writer then by all means YES!

    However if it is a player and you have HDMI out on your laptop you can send the signal to your HDTV at full quality, assuming your HDTV is 1080p. However, the naked eye cannot tell the difference in 720p and 1080p until the screen is about 50 inches.....so even if your TV is 720p, ur straight.

    Hope that helps.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Beats me, but I have a MacBook with an icon that reads, "iMovie HD". Haven't tried it or asked anyone, but I'm thinkin' it might play them.icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:00 PM GMT
    PS3s are supposedly dropping in price soon, so you could always get one of those and be cool like me.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    GET THE FUCKIN' PS3!!!
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    PS3 makes more sense if you have a 1080P monitor / tv. It gives you the game, and the Blu Ray, for price of the Blu Ray alone.

    We have Verizon FIOS running 1080I over HDMI on the 1080p Phillips 42 inch and it's awesome. It truly is a much better experience in television.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
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    TRocks797 saidHold up. Blu-Ray PLAYER? or WRITER?

    If it is a writer then by all means YES!

    However if it is a player and you have HDMI out on your laptop you can send the signal to your HDTV at full quality, assuming your HDTV is 1080p. However, the naked eye cannot tell the difference in 720p and 1080p until the screen is about 50 inches.....so even if your TV is 720p, ur straight.

    Hope that helps.


    I think it's Blu-Ray player... Why should I get one with a writer?
    I think the laptop can send signal to TV, but I don't have HDTV. What does it mean 720p or 1080p? I'm not really up-to-date with technology icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    Buckwheet saidPS3s are supposedly dropping in price soon, so you could always get one of those and be cool like me.

    Lol if only I start playing video games more and they have games that I like in PS3 icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    Don't bother. Physical media will be dead in <2 years. The whole Blue-Ray / HD-DVD war was entertaining, but ultimately pointless.
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
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    hobronto saidDon't bother. I'm guessing that physical media will be dead in <2 years. The whole Blue-Ray / HD-DVD war was entertaining, but ultimately pointless.


    It will be a loss. DVD extras (and Blu-Ray, too), when done well, are great. No chance of anyone putting that kind of time and effort into a pay per view. Or a youtube.


    We got extras on DVD because DVDs had a much greater storage capacity than VHS. Whatever digital format replaces dinosaur-media in the future will give us much, much more because the storage capacity of the internet is effectively infinite. Even now, I was able to watch a movie online through NetFlix last night and it had a whole extra 45 minutes of features after.
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    hobronto saidDon't bother. I'm guessing that physical media will be dead in <2 years. The whole Blue-Ray / HD-DVD war was entertaining, but ultimately pointless.


    It will be a loss. DVD extras (and Blu-Ray, too), when done well, are great. No chance of anyone putting that kind of time and effort into a pay per view. Or a youtube.


    Actually, I think the opposite will happen. Everything will be streaming and, without the constraints of physical media (space limitations, costs of mastering, costs of production and distribution), there will be more extras and more previously-unreleased titles.
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    flex89 saidGET THE FUCKIN' PS3!!!

    PS3's games suck ass. Get a Wii. If you play a lot of PS games then go ahead and get a PS3 but don't buy it just for the blue ray player.
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    PS3, the little console that couldn't...
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
    Get the PS3, you have Hi def, you can play games, online, blu-ray etc...

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    Jan 21, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    hobronto saidDon't bother. Physical media will be dead in <2 years. The whole Blue-Ray / HD-DVD war was entertaining, but ultimately pointless.


    Quoted for truth. CDs and DVDs are getting redundant nowadays. For distribution, the net is already there. For portability, Flash Drives and External HD's get the same job done much more efficiently. For copyright protection however...
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    Jan 22, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    hobronto saidDon't bother. Physical media will be dead in <2 years. The whole Blue-Ray / HD-DVD war was entertaining, but ultimately pointless.

    Keep in mind that the US is way behind in broadband infrastructure compared to the rest of the world. So it's not like everyone can stream Netflix or downloading torrents, in place of popping a DVD or BD movie in a set-top player.

    So no, physical media will not be going away any time soon.

    As for Blu-ray.. I'm in no hurry to get one. I like my DVD's just fine. I think when the price of the players drops to the $150 range and the movies under $20, more people will hop on board.
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    Jan 22, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    mr_khanito saidI'm looking to buy a laptop. There is this model that comes with a regular DVD player and a little slower processor or Blu-Ray player and faster processor. The price different is 300 bucks. I've never had Blu-Ray so I have no idea if it looks better. Is it going to be the thing in next few years? I only need to use the laptop for school, internet, music and movies.
    Oh, and does anyone recommend good place to buy laptops? Thanks!

    Don't bother. Save the money for something else.

    The only laptop I recommend are Thinkpads. Sure, they look plain. But they're built rock solid and will last a long time. Get the T-series.

    Or you can just get a Mac. Sounds like you're doing a lot of basic stuff. And I think Mac OS comes with a lot of software that might be useful for you.
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    Jan 22, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    I think physical media will stay around for several decades yet. Things need to be portable.

    That being said, folks like flex89, and me, who live in Internet 2 (we have 1.4G bandwidth coming into the bedroom) use video on demand, Starz Player, Hulu, Youtube, Joost, and our DVR for just in time, and time shifting. We also have on demand gaming, and "widgets" via our STB (Set Top Box), all on the fiber, in real time. We have 6000 titles on demand on any given day. ( http://www.verizon.com/fios )

    For those places that don't have Internet 2, and remain with dialup, ISDN, DSL, or cable, HD at the highest rates, along the various apps that go with the wide bandwidth, physical media, and sattelite, will remain storage devices of choice.

    For the moment, the PS3 is the most cost effective way to get Blu-Ray Player into your home. Of course, that will change in just a few months via Walmart, and other merchandisers.

    Our fiber links (residential on the left, and business on the right):
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    A recent test:
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    Jan 22, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Does this just mean we'll all have to buy the White album again?