Internal blu-ray?

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  1. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    Yep, it's too tall. And also ridiculously expensive!

    I bought this external drive, and it works great!
    Now, if only someone would create Blu-ray playback software for Mac OS X!
     
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    There is an alternative, such as MakeMKV and combined with VLC. It just takes a while, and you should have a pretty hefty NAS for storage.
     
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    That does not allow for proper Blu Ray playback.
     
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    Define "proper"?

    The alternative is buying a Windows 7 license, installing via BootCamp and then grabbing a $99 license for ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5. Works well, as I have it running in my home theater setup.
     
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    I went with this portable USB BR burner and it came with the software necessary to play Blu-ray discs in Windows.

    The bare drive inside is the same size as the Superdrive too, so if you really wanted to try an internal drive, this would be the way to go.
     
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    In theory, would an internal Blu-ray player have all the features of a SuperDrive plus Blu-ray? Could it write/play DVDs, CDs, .dmg files, and the like?
     
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    Yeah, it's just a regular DVD burner with a second optical lens for BR (and the requisite additional hardware to read them).
     
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    I did not think that ASUS was slot-loading. Does installation require a Dremel? :)
     
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    I thought so. I guess it's doubtful we'll ever see native Blu-ray players in Macs, though. Apple would appear to be moving away from disk-media. I would upgrade my SuperDrive to a Blu-ray player in an instant if it were possible.
     
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    Ah yes, I forgot about that. I was thinking that the physical size was the same, but yes, it's got the ejecting tray and isn't slot loading.
     
  14. toke lahti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay,
    did some data mining;
    seems to be that 17" UB uses 9,5mm thick optical drives.
    Does that thin bd-drives exist or are other laptops just using thicker drives?
    If I'll have to get external, it will have to be BDXL already...
     
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    Other laptops are using non-slot loading drives that are thicker. Not too many 17" laptops can boast being .95" thick.
     
  16. toke lahti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't mind if my mbp would be 3.2mm (0.126") thicker AND having internal bd...
     
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    Sleek external instead?

    Anybody know the hight of drive inside Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive?
     
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