Blu-ray Wes Novack on 05 Jun 2007

HD DVD drives to be included in all Toshiba laptops

HD DVD drives to be included in all Toshiba laptops

Toshiba plans to start embedding HD DVD drives in all of its’ notebook computers starting next year. How many laptops would that be? Toshiba sold approximately 9.2 million laptops in 2006 and hopes to double that number in 2008 with the help of their new NAND flash storage laptops, which do not use a traditional laptop hard drive.

“Sony Corp. equips its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles with Blu-ray drives to win people to the rival high-definition DVD format, and Toshiba should use a similar tactic, said Toshiba Senior Vice President Hisatsugu Nonaka.

“The demand is there: people want to watch their favorite movies in high-definition on the road,” he told reporters at a news conference.”

Embedding HD DVD drives in all Toshiba notebook computers appears to be a smart move, as it could provide the HD DVD format with an easy way to gain a large amount of market penetration. Will Sony respond by including Blu-ray Disc drives in all Sony laptops next year?

Either way, it will be interesting to see if this significantly raises the costs of all Toshiba notebook computers. Current low end Toshiba laptops can be purchased for as little as $499. Will these budget priced Toshiba laptop models remain available to consumers, even with an embedded HD DVD drive? We will have to wait until next year to find out. One thing is for certain, this strategic move shows that Toshiba is still strongly dedicated to HD DVD. The format will not be going away any time soon. Found via CDRLabs.

3 Responses to “HD DVD drives to be included in all Toshiba laptops”

  1. on 07 Jun 2007 at 4:10 PM 1.Steve said …

    Sharp is rumored to have a $100 PC drive in the works that plays HD DVD/Blu-ray/DVD/CD. If this is true, I can see laptop prices staying low.

  2. on 07 Jun 2007 at 9:12 PM 2.Wesley Novack said …

    Wow, if Sharp gets that out, I could see almost every laptop carrying a blue laser drive!

  3. on 04 Aug 2007 at 6:49 PM 3.4x Blu-ray Rewriter Introduced by Pioneer » Blu-ray, HD DVD, info at said …

    […] 4x Blu-ray Rewriter Introduced by Pioneer If you were interested in writing files to expensive Blu-ray Discs, Pioneer has the answer for you. The BDR-202 internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD writer for PC was just introduced in Europe and will make its way to the States soon. Connecting to your PC via SATA 1.0A, the – ahem – industry pioneering drive can read BD-ROM discs, read and write single layer BD-R/BD-RE discs, read DVD-ROM, and read/write to DVD-R/+R, DVD-RW/+RW, DVD-R/+R (double-layer), and CD-R/RW media. It’s a veritable jack-of-all-trades! While the competing format, HD DVD, is still only offering 1x writable drives, and doesn’t offer anything for rewriting yet, Pioneer’s new burner will write on BD-R at up to 4x speed, and will also rewrite on BD-RE at up to 2x speed. This a significant short-coming for HD DVD, and many people are sure hoping HD DVD will be able to catch up soon – especially with Toshiba claiming all their laptops next year will have HD DVD drives. The speeds of DVD and CD writing on the BDR-202 will be up to 6x for DVD-/+RW, up to 12x for DVD-/+R, and up to 24x for CD-R/RW. Pioneer say the drive’s limited equalizer LSI and a liquid crystal tilt compensator will help with playback of discs. “Ultra DRA” technology is also said to reduce vibrations while burning to a disc. Currently on sale in Europe for $675 (converted from Euros), the BDR-202 will reach our shores at about $650. Currently write-once BD media is around $15 per disc for 25GB, and rewritable media approaches $25 for 25GB. For extra storage, 50GB media comes in at $45 for -R and $70 for -RE. This is a significant achievement for Pioneer and the Blu-ray format. However, LG offers a “multi-blue” PC drive that reads both HD DVD and Blu-ray and writes to Blu-ray, DVD and CD which might tickle your fancy a bit more. Share this article: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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