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    Cheapest available blu ray drives(?)

    Just out of curiousity (and because I'm sure I read somewhere that these drives won't be too expensive) I was wondering if any of you lot have stumbled accross any retailers selling blu ray drives for the PC?

    So far.......

    Play.com
    http://www.play.com/Electronics/Elec...r/Product.html
    Pioneer BDR-101A - £629.99
    Supposedly only supports up to 25GB discs......

    and surprising cheaper at Maplin
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?...16m8&source=15
    LG unknown model - £599.99
    according to the information on the page, it only READS the blu ray discs with a capacity of up to 50GB..... (but I'm sure it should say burns it at that price..)
    Also supports DVD-RAM (which I thought are out of phrase / hardly used anyway...)
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    Pioneer are first to market with a Blu Ray device, and it DOESN'T burn 50GB disks. See http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/08...neer_bdr-101a/ for details. It's got TERRIBLE performance writing standard DVDs, will only write up to 25GB, and is VERY expensive. The LG I don't know about, but I wouldn't necessarily be overly shocked if it DID only read BluRay.

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    The pioneer is normally £528.74 at Scan, but is down to £504.08 on this weekends TodayOnly

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/produ...oductID=459412

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    You would be crazy to buy anything like this at the moment, although I doubt people have already taken the plunge

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    agree about the crazy part, but the even crazier thing is that they are probably selling quite a lot of these considdering the price. Some corporates will snap this up for the ability to archive 25GB per disk. Media companies will want to get a head start with authoring and testing of any HiDef content they have too.

    I would guess that they will really take off when they hit the third generation drives.

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