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Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

It's sometimes a challenge to understand how arguably better technologies often lose out to things that are inferior. We've seen it time and time again. The problem is that consumers are often not interested in the "best" technology but are more than satisfied with that which is "good enough". These days, a good example would be to look at Blu-Ray and how it's being adopted by consumers.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version.  Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.

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Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer have announced a new range of Aspire notebooks packing Intel's new Core i3 and i5 Arrandale processors.  The 15.6-inch AS5740 and 17.3-inch AS7740 notebooks kick off from $599.99 and have a choice of Core i3-330M 2.13GHz or Core i5-430M 2.26GHz CPUs, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD 5470 graphics, and optional Blu-ray drives.

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Panasonic’s first 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, 2010 Blu-ray Lineup

Panasonic’s first 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, 2010 Blu-ray Lineup

Panasonic today revealed three new Blu-ray Disc player (DMP-BD45, DMP-BD65 and DMP-BD85) for its 2010 lineup, and introduced its first-ever 3D Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BDT350, which coupled with a 3D HD television set and 3D glasses, gives the consumer the ultimate home 3D experience.

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Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player or Blu-ray equipped home theater system to go with your new Sony HDTV, it should come as little surprise that Sony have a few options on hand.  The company has announced three standalone players together with three home theater setups, and they offer such niceties as WiFi (integrated on some models, optional on others) and - using a free Sony app from the Apple App Store - remote control from your iPhone or iPod touch.

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Samsung BD-C7500 super-thin Blu-ray player outed

Samsung BD-C7500 super-thin Blu-ray player outed

The new Samsung BD-C7500 is truly a sight to behold, one of the most, if not the most beautiful devices on the market. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder I'm sure Samsung would be hard pressed to find someone who does not share my sentiment. The C7500 is an extremely thin (1.1 inches thick) and elegant unit which can either be wall mounted or laid flat.

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Toshiba Blu-ray 3D BDX3000 player arrives at CES 2010

Toshiba Blu-ray 3D BDX3000 player arrives at CES 2010

Toshiba have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, including a model that's compatible with Blu-ray 3D.  The Toshiba BDX2500, BDX2700 and BDX3000 all have online connectivity for streaming Netflix, Pandora, VUDU and Cinema Now content, and can upscale DVDs to HD; the BDX3000 also offers compatibility with the recently-finalized Blu-ray 3D specification.

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Blu-ray 3D specification finalized and PS3 compatible

Blu-ray 3D specification finalized and PS3 compatible

Like Blu-ray high-definition?  Got two eyes?  Then you'll be excited to hear that the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) have finalized their Blu-ray 3D specification, which promises 1080p HD resolution to both eyes.  The specification is display-agnostic, so it doesn't matter if you're using an LCD or plasma display, or in fact what type of 3D viewing technology you're employing.

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Broadcom BCM7632 single chip Blu-ray solution supports 3D

Broadcom BCM7632 single chip Blu-ray solution supports 3D

Broadcom is big into many areas of the electronics industry and many of the consumer electronic products we use each day have Broadcom technology inside. Yesterday Broadcom announced a new 1080p capable media processor for mobile devices. Broadcom is now unveiling a new single-chip Blu-ray solution called the BCM7632.

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VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

Ah, the humble northbridge; neither as earnest as the processor nor as glamourous as the dedicated video card, it works its subtle charms and waits in vain for recognition.  If VIA have their way, though, the northbridge will soon be declared the saviour of the proletariat: the new VIA VN1000 is intended for entry-level all-in-ones, SFF machines and budget desktops, instilling them with DirectX 10.1 support and the ability to play back 1080p Blu-ray content.

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ASRock ION 330-HT and 330HT-BD nettops up for pre-order

ASRock ION 330-HT and 330HT-BD nettops up for pre-order

ASRock's latest NVIDIA Ion toting nettops have appeared for pre-order on Amazon, and based on our very positive experience with the ION 330-BD back in August we're quite excited about the 1080p-capable systems.  The ASRock ION 330-HT and ION 330HT-BD each use a dual-core Atom 330 processor together with the Ion GPU and WiFi b/g/n, but the latter throws in a Blu-ray drive.

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Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

Dell have updated their mobile workstation range of notebooks with the Precision M6500, packing a range of Intel Core i7 quad-core and Core i7 Extreme quad-core processors.  There's also a considerable 17-inch 1920 x 1200 display - with various degrees of LED backlighting - together with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, space for up to three hard-drives (up to 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD in each bay; various RAID setups available) and a choice of ATI FirePro M7740 1GB, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 1GB, or Quadro FX 3800M 1GB graphics.

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