Printed from http://www.electronista.com

SonyNEC sees sub-$200 notebook Blu-ray soon

updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu June 5, 2008

SonyNEC Sees Cheap Blu-ray

Computer-oriented Blu-ray drives should quickly drop in price to where such drives are easily practical for both desktops and notebooks, SonyNEC Optiarc says. The joint venture estimates that desktop Blu-ray combo drives, which can only read the HD format but can burn DVDs and CDs, should reach the key $100 price point by the holidays this year. Slim drives for notebooks will be more expensive to build but should still reach the $150 price point, according to the device maker.


A definitive estimate for full Blu-ray burners isn't given, though estimates put the prices at between $150 and $200 for desktop and portable versions of the technology. The roadmap also doesn't explain whether this will include slot-load drives, which are essential to some designer notebooks such as Apple's MacBook line; a small Sony laser is planned for manufacturing at the same time.

The cost reduction is widely considered essential to widespread adoption of Blu-ray, which for now remains several times more expensive to support than conventional DVD and has often been excluded from low-priced systems, particularly portables. Dell currently claims to hold the record for the least expensive Blu-ray notebook with a special configuration of the Inspiron 1525 but does so by using a low-cost Broadcom media chip that allows the Texas PC maker to use a low-power CPU and pass on a dedicated video chipset. Most other Blu-ray notebooks are priced significantly above $1,000.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Polk Audio 4 Shot headset

Sound quality and design are two of the biggest areas of focus for manufacturers when coming up with a new gaming headset. Depending o ...

Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little mor ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News