OWC Blue Ray drives: Worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ronni3, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. ronni3 macrumors regular

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    I have been considering buying one of these for insertion into my Mac Pro (Quad), but is it worth it right now? I have a Dell 24" LCD monitor capable of 1900x1200 resolution and I need media capable of running at 1080p. I can no longer cope with 720p or smaller movies, I need higher resolution.

    I did read an article regarding a new software called BDJava that will enable video commentary to run within a box while the movie is playing, but that this wouldn't become mandatory until October of this year. Basically, those who purchased a player/drive early may not be able to upgrade to the new firmware if there player/drive is not firmware upgradable.

    So what do you all think?
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I think if you have the disposable income to do that, it's better spent there "other places". :) Beyond that, I wouldn't bother until someone wins the HD video war. Hate to get stuck as an early adopter of dead tech for big bucks.
     
  4. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    If you have the money to do it, go for it. Personally I'm quite content with SD television/movies, so I won't waste my money.

    I won't get one until it's included standard in a new Mac... maybe 3-4 years from now?
     
  5. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    i was under the impression you couldnt watch a blueray movie on a computer yet due to the lack of a certain chip (cant remember the name :s)
     
  6. CaptainHaddock macrumors 6502

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    Is there actually any Mac software for playing Blu-Ray movies? If so, it sounds like a good deal.

    Interestingly, the Mac is or will be the ideal platform for playing high-definition movies. Why? Because Windows Vista is specially designed to disallow or downgrade high-definition movies to standard display devices. It is quite literally impossible to watch a high-definition movie in Vista (unless you rip the disk first or something).
     
  7. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    I can't wait to see blu-ray drives in Apple's but probably wont happen for the next coupe of years. I read normal DVD's will still be around for the next 3 years.
     

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