Blu-Ray options

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Big Q 321, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. The Big Q 321 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    I am going away to college in late August and I am planning on buying a Macbook Pro. I would like to buy one while the back to school promotion is still going on and the only thing stopping me from doing it right now is the lack of a blu-ray drive. I have heard rumors that the Macbook Pro will be updated with a blu-ray drive soon, but I've also heard that this might not happen for a while. Anyway, my question is if I were to buy a MBP now, is there some sort of external blu-ray drive that I could buy and hook up to the computer? Thanks.
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    Just FYI, I believe that bluray drives haven't made it into MBPs yet due to the fact that they are pretty power hungry. There are a few PC manufacturers with Blu-Ray ROMs in their laptops right now but I don't know the power consumption specs at this point. I'd imagine that it won't be long before we see them in Apple's Pro lineup.
  3. johngardiner macrumors regular

    May 13, 2008
    I know LaCie makes one.. it's pretty expensive though 650+. Honestly though blu-ray won't make a massive difference on a laptop unless you're using a bigger external monitor. In this case the external might be a good option
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I don't think Apple will have Blu-ray in its notebook line until the industry can make them so that you can watch at least 1 movie on battery power.

    I believe, right now, that current Blu-ray notebooks you have to use them plugged-in in order to watch a full-length movie on it.

    Maybe with an extended battery on a PC notebook right now, but I think that the CPU/GPU's are still a bit power hungry when decoding Blu-ray video....
  5. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    This is VERY true. In the current Dell XPS M1530 battery life (extended battery) is about 20-30 minutes while watching a blu-ray movie.

    Kind of disappointing considering this is a $500 upgrade.
  6. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Not forgetting thickness! Apple cant leave the magic 1" Line!
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  8. The Big Q 321 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    Thanks everyone, I'm gonna look into the external option and see what seems to be best.
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas

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