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Panasonic’s Blu-Ray Drive for Desktops to Cost $900

Discussion in 'News' started by D_o_S, May 13, 2006.

  1. D_o_S

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    Panasonic, one of the world’s leading consumer electronics companies, is set to ship its Blu-ray disc optical drives for desktop personal computer to its home market in Japan in about a month from now. But while the second Blu-ray disc burner on the market is going to be more affordable than the first one from Pioneer, it will still have a price-tage not suitable for mainstream buyer.

    A report over Japanese web-site PC Watch claims that Panasonic’s recently unveiled LF-MB121JD will cost approximately ¥100 thousand, which is about $900. This is more affordable than $995 price-point of Pioneer’s BRD-101A, however, this price level is not enough cost-effective for general users, something, which is crucially important for Blu-ray standard to get popular.

    Panasonic’s LF-MB121JD, complied with Blu-ray disc association’s BD-R, BD-RE and BD-ROM standards, can read and write single-layer 25 GB and single-sided, dual-layer 50 GB BDs. Supporting the three generations of optical discs, the 41.3mm high internal BD drive is compatible with 11 different writable CD and DVD optical discs and 13 different readable optical disc formats, according to the company.

    Source: X-bit labs
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    Umm . . . Yeahhhhh I don't think so. 900 + cost of Disks is no greater then the approx 2gb per doller you can get now. Definately not for the general user Desktop market.

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