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Acer and Sony Debut Blu-ray Supporting Laptops

Do You Care About Having Blu-ray on Your Laptop?

Last week Sony debuted an affordable line of Sony VAIO laptops, the NW series, that can support Blu-ray discs. The news is great and is continuing the trend of laptops being able to support Sony's high-def disc technology, including an even cheaper Blu-ray laptop from Acer, just announced yesterday.

But it's hardly the simple format roll-out previously seen for, say, DVDs — Steve Jobs famously called Blu-ray "a bag of hurt" just months ago, when asked if we'd see it on Macs anytime soon.

Although I'm psyched about the possibility of being able to watch my Blu-rays on my laptop, it's not a huge deal breaker for me — if I want to take high def movies with me, I'd download the digital copy from the Blu-ray or buy an HD movie on iTunes. Who wants to lug more stuff traveling anyway?

Of course I realize that some people have more important uses for Blu-ray on their laptop; I'm just not one of them. Do you care about getting Blu-ray support on your laptop?

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midori0e midori0e 8 years
why not? I would get one when its included with burning DVD BluRay features. hmmm
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
whample whample 8 years
The only thing that really makes blu-ray appealing, in theory, is the fact that the discs have a 25/50 gig capacity which would make them great for portable data storage on a smaller laptop. That being said, the technology is obscenely expensive right now and I'm never going to spend ~$40 on a ten pack of blank discs. I think a slimline burner with usb or firewire support would be a great traveling companion for a netbook with a solid state hard drive, but I've sorta given up on it ever happening. I suppose I'll just have to wait around for the next big storage solution to come around.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I wouldn't pay extra or go out of my way for a bluray drive on my laptop. I'm happy enough with DVD's. Besides, I'm really growing an aversion to watching movies on a small screen anyway.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
It's a nice addition, for sure, but it wouldn't make or break my decision on purchasing a laptop. I'd rather watch any high-definition movies on a big, regular TV with some nice surround sound, anyway.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
Blu-ray discs are much too expensive. If you go bargain-hunting, it's not unusual to find DVDs for under $10. It's really hard for me to justify spending $30+ on a Blu-ray movie when I can just purchase it (or rent or stream it from netflix!) for a much more affordable price. Besides, I doubt my next computer would be a PC anyway ;) I bought my first mac about a year ago, and I really don't want to go back to PCs!
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
No way - why not jsut download?
M8ndy41 M8ndy41 8 years
I think it's a completely unnecessary feature. Like you said... who wants to carry these movies around with them when we can just download things from iTunes and movie packs? Can you use the blu ray for anything other than movies? If not, I see no reason for it. I hope not all laptops get that feature because I don't want to have ot pay more for a laptop with a feature that i don't want.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
No. My brother has a PS3 (he bought it when it first came out and was super expensive b/c of the Blu-Ray function) and I don't envy him in the LEAST that he has to pay more for his DVDs. There's such a thing as having a view that's *too* sharp, so HD isn't really a priority for me. The regular DVDs show crystal-clear on my Macbook just fine.
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 8 years
I agree a blu-ray player won't make or break my purchasing decision but my current laptop just died on me so I'm in the market for a new one.
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