The Best Blu-Ray Laptops
Last updated on 04/01/2010
By Liam McCabe
Blu-ray is the dominant physical media for high-definition video (not to mention high-capacity storage), and if you're the kind of person who is looking to upgrade to a laptop that can handle this impressive technology, you're in luck.
Several manufacturers have integrated Blu-ray drives into their laptops, and not always at an exorbitant price. We've collected five Blu-ray laptops for your pleasure.
These laptops represent the pinnacle of high-definition mobile computing, and come with an array of alluring features aside from their Blu-ray capabilities. Let us introduce you to the best Blu-ray capable laptops available today.
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The Sony VAIO AR190G is a pretty expensive laptop, but that's not without good reason. For a little over $3,000, you get a 17-inch widescreen display, full HDMI output, a 2.0Ghz Intel Core Duo processor, a gigantic 200GB hard drive, and, yes, a Blu-ray disc drive that can not only read high-definition Blu-ray movie discs, it can burn to blank Blu-ray discs, too. That's a whole lot of computer. In fact, it's more than a computer. That HDMI ouput makes it capable of hooking up to your high-definition television for HD Blu-ray playback, so you won't have to spend any cash on a standalone Blu-ray player.
Still, this is a major investment, and probably more computer than the average consumer needs. If you're looking for a powerful, all-in-one solution, the AR190G is a good pick, but not everybody is ready to jump in the deep end.
Available in a variety of colors, the Dell Inspiron 1525 is, like all Dell computers, highly customizable, and a Blu-ray disc drive can be added to the 1525's configuration for an extra $150 to $400 (depending on the type of optical drive added). Aside from the additional HDMI output, the 1525 is a fairly standard mainstream laptop, the kind of notebook that just about anyone could feel comfortable using. Where the Sony AR190G could potentially be overwhelming (in more ways than one), the 1525 is a friendly, colorful, and approachable introduction to high-definition computing.
The Hewlett Packard DV6700T is a relatively inexpensive Blu-ray laptop, available for around $1,300. Though it cannot burn Blu-ray discs like the Sony AR190G, it can read them, and has plenty of other appealing specifications that might surprise you considering its reasonable price tag. This 15.4-inch laptop has a 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 320GB hard drive for you to play with, as well as cool accessories like a built-in webcam for communicating via the Internet. The DV6700T would make a great gift for any computer-savvy friend or family member, particularly if they're big into gaming or multimedia uses.
At Dell's site, consumers can customize their high-performance XPS computers, adding in whatever components they desire. One of the options is to slap a Blu-ray disc drive onto the XPS M1530 (note: this does not apply to the XPS M1330 model) for around $250 on top of the base configuration price. Like the Inspiron 1525, the M1530 has put a lot of effort into design as well as performance, and it emerges as one of the more aesthetically appealing laptops currently available. Dell has realized that it's not enough to just make good computers, you have to make good-looking computers, too.