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Samsung P1500 BluRay player gets BD-Live upgrade & June launch

Samsung P1500 BluRay player gets BD-Live upgrade & June launch

Samsung fourth-generation BluRay player, the BD-P1500, has been delayed until June as the company updates its specifications to include BD-Live functionality.  First announced back in January, the P1500 was originally slated for a May launch with a MRSP of $399.  Capable of full 1080p playback, the unit will also upscale normal DVDs to 720p, 1080i or 1080p.

Sony HDD-toting DVD recorders aim for under your BRAVIA

Sony HDD-toting DVD recorders aim for under your BRAVIA

Sony has announced three new combination DVD recorder and hard-drive PVRs, boasting direct digital copying from compatible camcorders, 1080p upscaling and a choice of analogue or digital TV tuners.  The RDR-HX1080 and RDR-HXD1090 both come with a 500GB hard-drive, enough for 1420 hours of recordings at the lowest quality level (or 73 hours at HQ+ maximum quality).  The HXD1090 and HXD1095 both have a DVB-T digital terrestrial tuner alongside their analogue tuner.

Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer have released a number of high-end in-car entertainment systems for their AVIC-F range.  The three models - AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and Premier branded AVIC-F90BT - all feature XM and satellite radio compatibility, Bluetooth with conversational voice recognition that can be used to control navigation, voice control of a connected iPod and a 5.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.  The latter two models also have DVD playback and a built-in MSN Direct tuner.

Psystar Back Up! Mac clone now called Open Computer instead of OpenMac

Psystar Back Up! Mac clone now called Open Computer instead of OpenMac

A simple name change has Psystar back on their feet selling their cheap desktop computers that are configurable with OS X on them. They’ve also added a new computer to their lineup, the OpenPRO which is available with a lot better case, comes standard with an 8000 series GeForce card and a 10k RPM HDD as well as a couple gigs of RAM.

Psystar Claiming $399 Mac Clone – how to do what Apple does for less

Psystar Claiming $399 Mac Clone – how to do what Apple does for less

This may already be a non-issue as their site is already down, however the company was apparently cranking out computers with 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 250GB HDDs, 2GB of RAM, a DVD burner, and Mac OS X Leopard. For some extra money you could have reportedly gotten FireWire and an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT added to that list.

Toshiba Portege R500-12Q – it has a 128GB SSD!

Toshiba Portege R500-12Q – it has a 128GB SSD!

This notebook has a 12.1-inch screen that is LED backlit, a Core 2 Duo ULV U7700 processor, a couple gigs of RAM, a DL-DVD-RW drive, and then the 128GB SSD drive. This might actually be one of the most energy efficient notebooks there is that still maintains a respectable about of storage space.

I mean, sure the ULV processor, LED backlit display, and SSD drive will help keep the battery life up, but they also combine to help keep the price up. There wasn’t one listed on any of the sites, and apparently this particular model can only be found on a few of Toshiba’s international sites right now, but I can guarantee it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

Sharp Mebius Notebook – PC-FW70X and PC-FW50X featuring AMD processors

Sharp Mebius Notebook – PC-FW70X and PC-FW50X featuring AMD processors

These notebooks have a broad processor range, but all of them are AMD processors, ranging from a Mobile Sempron 3600+ all the way up to an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58. They come in your choice of black or white, and have a UV coated case on them.

Sony BDU-X10S internal BD-ROM drive for your PC – not too pricey

Sony BDU-X10S internal BD-ROM drive for your PC – not too pricey

This may be the cheapest way to get your Blu-Ray on. It comes with the necessary player software and should work with XP SP2 but definitely works with Vista. The drive plays Blu-Ray discs, VCD’s, and DVDs.

Blu-Ray Xbox 360 Coming soon, maybe

Blu-Ray Xbox 360 Coming soon, maybe

The real headline was that such a system might sell at a loss, but looking back its been Microsoft’s strategy to sell their systems at a loss just to be the cheapest in hopes that game sales would eventually push them back into the black, and they always have, as far as I know. Problem is that Microsoft is being quoted between $95-$100 per drive, OEM, for the BD-ROM drives; a price they couldn’t really make up without raising the price of the system by a lot, especially considering they are only putting out $18-$20 per drive for the DVD-ROMs.

What is the best Blu-Ray player out there?

What is the best Blu-Ray player out there?

With the versions of Blu-Ray standards changing as often as they are, and with new features being added to various Blu-Ray discs its no surprise that even with the choice of HD-DVD being eliminated its still hard to decide which Blu-Ray player to buy. You might be surprised at the answer to this new question.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 – big, beasty, shiny, and pricey

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 – big, beasty, shiny, and pricey

This is the perfect card for playing your HD video content and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD movies on, and that’s it. Those 256 stream processors, dual GPU’s, and 1GB framebuffer just isn’t good enough for doing anything more than watching movies.

Oppo Digital DV-983H Universal Up-Converting DVD Player – buy an HD-DVD player instead

Oppo Digital DV-983H Universal Up-Converting DVD Player – buy an HD-DVD player instead

Somehow, this DVD player manages to convert all the way up to full 1080p HD, it also offers up to 7.1 channel audio. It apparently does a lot of this using the latest and greatest VRS chips from Anchor Bay.