Dell backs Blu-ray with first notebook product

“Dell has joined the small group of companies producing Blu-ray products, announcing its first notebook computer with a Blu-ray drive,” Simon Aughton reports for ITPro. “The announcement cements its long-established support for the optical disc format in preference to HD DVD.”

Aughton reports, “Blu-ray is an option on the new XPS M1710 notebook and provides support for playback of the limited but slowly growing number of Blu-ray movie titles. It also allows data burning on both 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray (BD) discs.”

Aughton reports, “Dell is a long-time backer of Blu-ray as a founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) in May 2004, along with Sony, which developed the technology, HP, Hitachi, LG, Matsushita (Panasonic), Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Thomson. Apple joined the BDA in March 2005.”

“Toshiba [released] its first HD DVD notebook in May of this year and Microsoft offering [HD DVD] as an option with its Xbox 360 games console… Blu-ray has the backing of the world’s two largest PC makers [Dell and HP] and it will be fitted in the forthcoming Sony Playstation 3 console,” Aughton reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced on March 10, 2005 that Apple was “pleased to join the Blu-ray Disc Association board as part of our efforts to drive consumer adoption of HD.”

According to The Blu-ray Disc Association’s website, HD DVD’s pre-recorded capacities are 15 GB for a single layer disc, or 30 GB for a double layer disc. Blu-ray Disc provides 67% more capacity per layer at 25 GB for a single layer and 50GB for a double layer disc. It’s par for the course that Apple backs the superior format while Microsoft supports the inferior one.

It does, however, bear noting that Apple is playing both sides of the fence in a wait and see mode. According to a press release from April 17, 2005, “Apple is committed to both emerging high definition DVD standards—Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Apple is an active member of the DVD Forum which developed the HD DVD standard, and last month joined the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association.”

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  1. I believe that Blu-Ray will be the way to go with hi-definition content in its infancy stage. Let’s not forget that RED (RED ONE)is working on a camera that will capture not only 1080p, but 2K and 4K as well. That is a huge amount of information to store.

    HD-DVD is already outdated…

  2. The “superior” format does not always win these wars. Back in the day most video pros felt Beta was a better format than VHS and we all know who won that war. And you all might be familiar with another “war” being lost to inferior technology: the PC vs. Mac sales wars.

  3. “It does, however, bear noting that Apple is playing both sides of the fence in a wait and see mode”

    No Apple’s just slow to introduce new features compared to the WinTel world.

    That’s been pretty obvious ever since Apple introduced WinTel Macs, the’re on average slower to introduce new processors etc than mainstream vendors.

  4. Why burn to very slow optical drive that is Blu-ray, it’s much cheaper and faster and greater capacity to use external HD?

    The war is stupid, both HD DVD and Blu-ray use same disc format and file structure and are now starting to use same codec (they both support same three). So the real diffence comes down to:
    * physical structure of disc and who patent money goes to
    * interactive menus and who patent money goes to

    Simply larger capacity does not make Blu-ray superior. Blu-ray has anti-consumer measures like extra DRM and Region Encoding (no buying discs in other countries) at request of some studios (Fox for one).

    The AV / Home Theater crowd has gone for HD DVD in a big way, and they buy a lot of movies. This is why sales of HD DVD discs continue to outsell Blu-ray even though there are many more manufacturers of Blu-ray players and the PS3 has been launched.

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