Dell to offer Blu-ray on XPS notebooks

By Justin Mann on
As of today Dell will begin offering notebooks coupled with next gen optical drives. In their XPS line, Dell's M1710 will be offered stock with Blu-ray drives, though none are planned yet with HD-DVD support. Of course, as a Blu-ray backer, they have no incentive yet to offer it, though consumer demand in the future may change that. The new drive is a burner as well:

The Blu-ray feature seems to be the central point of the XPS M1710 announcement. The M1710 supports read/write capabilities across CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc media. Using Blu-ray Disc technology, M1710 users can burn up to 50 GB of data or author up to 50 GB of theater-quality video on a single piece of media.
It won't be anywhere near cheap, though, with costs well over $3500 initially. Likely the high cost of the Blu-ray lasers has a lot do with this.

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