I would say under $200 would be the ideal price...
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Lol, "undisclosed amount" is an interesting phrase!
Good new development, in a few months this will even be affordable. :)
I would have thought by now that we would have seen more of these at a much cheaper price point. The optical drive industry used to move so swiftly.
I'd go lower, kid007. You can get a Blu-ray reader and a DVD recorder separately for under $100. True, it cuts down on the number of cup-holders in your system, but how much would you pay for that convenience?
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That's pretty cool. I am especially pleased by how it looks! Most drives these days are all boring, with their plethora of "Compact Disc" logos all over the front. I'll probably get this when it comes around if it does indeed look as pretty as the render. Also, I have an old Samsung DVD drive, and it's the quietest drive I've ever had, so I imagine this one will be at least as nice.
I like this drive and will probably upgrade to it as long as I don't have to sell one of the kids to get it.
It looks good and Samsung makes good products usually.
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If it retails for under $95 dollars, I'd think about adopting blue-ray.
I agree with you guys about the price point. It's got to get to below $200 before it becomes the norm, and below $100 before it becomes a no-brainer.
But, it will take blu-ray a while to get there.
Back when CD burners first came out, their storage capacity was so much better than the other options that we jumped at them. The novelty of being able to make your own audio CDs or back up 650MB (when your HD was maybe 100MB) made you willing to part with $2k for a 2x drive that needed $25 media. And to add to that, It used to be that you had to invest a couple of hundred bucks in a good Adaptec SCSI card or deal with ass-slow parallel port connections just to use an external hard-or-tape drive.
Those same motivations don't exist with blu-ray. We have high-speed USB and Firewire ports on every PC, larger thumbdrives and super-cheap externals. We'll just have to wait the manufacturers out... once they've finally made a profit on their early adopters, and everyone and his brother is selling the drives, we'll see the prices drop closer to the actual costs.
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