Getting a Blu-ray player now-a-days isn't the hardest thing in the world, but it can still be one of the more expensive things you do. Sure, there are alternatives, but some times you just want to be able to get a Blu-ray player, and nothing else. Well, if you're in the market to get your laptop to play Blu-ray movies, then Plextor probably just made your day. They've introduced their brand new PX-B120U, and it's a completely USB-powered Blu-ray player.
Although the PX-B120U is only powered by its USB cable, that doesn't mean you won't get the full effect. The player is still perfectly capable of reading Blu-rays at 4X, and if you really want to watch other things, like an HD movie, you'll be happy to know that there's Cyberlink Power DVD software pre-installed, which means you can do just that. Furthermore, if you're favorite movie hasn't been released on Blu-ray yet, and you've only got it on a standard DVD, the external player will upscale it for you to a something-like HD quality.
The drive itself will read your Blu-ray from a top-load mechasnism. It only gets really interesting when you take a look at the price. For $100, you'll be able to connect this and go (hopefully), which should make watching your favorite high definition flicks pretty simple. And while we have a price, it doesn't look like the new model has been included on their site quite yet. So, hopefully that changes soon.