Blu-Ray Drive For Apple Notebooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djinn, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. djinn macrumors 68000

    djinn

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    "Fastmac has beaten Apple to the Blu-Ray punch and has a new slimline Blu-Ray drive that works in PowerBooks, iBooks, Mac Minis, the MacBook Pro 17", and a few other systems.

    http://fastmac.com/slim_bluray.php
     
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  4. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    ahaha id put one in an old pb G3

    still, gimmie a break. sometimes i wish i did things that warranted a blu ray drive. but on account that i cant imagine any "real" reason to get one and the price tag sends me the other way i think ill pass
     
  5. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    Why does it work in the 17" MBP and not the 15"? Or is the list just unclear?
     
  6. ef651100 macrumors newbie

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    The 15" MacBook Pro and 13" MacBook use a thinner optical drive (9mm) instead of the standard (11mm or 13mm, can't remember).
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    wow thats quite the pricetag, but to be expected right now. not worth it. i can't see anyone needing it in a laptop at this point.
     
  8. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Some people need the power of a PowerMac in something that fits in a briefcase ;)
     
  9. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Hmm at 1x how long would it take to burn 50GB worth of data?
     
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    72 minutes I believe. Isn't that the way the speeds work, the time it would take to play a full sized Audio-CD? I.e. to read a 650MB CD on a CD-ROM took 72 minutes at 1x, on a DVD, 4.7GB of data could be read in 72 minutes and on a Bluray and HD-DVD device x.xGB of data can be read in 72 minutes.

    As far as I know there aren't any HD-DVD or Bluray software players right now and even if they were I don't know what they'd do with the whole HDCP malarky.
     
  12. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    PowerDVD and WinDVD (I know doesn't help) both play HD-DVD and Bluray. I was able to get my desktop playing some of my HD-DVD movies with my 360 addon drive (through windows).

    Right now the software players will most likely downscale the movie (basically implementing ICT) even though they aren't supposed to, due to lack of HDCP in Apples Systems.

    Link for reference.
     
  13. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    It also says it can read Double Layer Blu-Ray media; but it doesn't look like it can write the double layers:

     

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