Buffalo just released a Blu-ray / HD-DVD combo external drive. If you’re not interested in getting involved in the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD War, why not get one of these combo burners? IO-DATA also released a similar internal combo drive which is pictured after the jump.
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This Sony GV-HD700E is the World’s first HD Video Walkman with pro features. It is Sony’s portable solution for viewing HDV and DV tapes while you’re on the move. The gadget provides a high quality 7-inch (16:9) widescreen LCD with resolution of 1,152K (800x480x3[RGB]) and has versatile interfaces including i.LINK and HDMI out. The GV-HD700E plays HDV and miniDV tapes (SP and LP). and can record HDV1080i/DV signals from an external source. The GV-HD700E will be available throughout Europe from September 2007. Pricing info is still unknown.
Samsung will be releasing the BD-UP5000, a dual format High-Definition (HD) optical disc player next October. It will fully support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats and their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java. They’ve also decided to market a dual format player focusing on the consumer demands, which are to have both formats for cheap. Samsung’s new optical disc player is expected to retail in Europe next October for around $400 (not too shabby), as for stateside… who knows?
Cdrinfo has reviewed the LG GGW-H10N combo drive that supports both blu-ray and HD DVD discs. It is a comprehensive review that covers most of the aspects that you might want to know. The combo drive is currently priced at $1200. Here is the verdict.
Overall, HLDS has built a reliable drive that goes beyond your usual needs. Although the device is considered as a premium product that could attract demanding users only, it could be a good replacement for that old DVD burner connected to your high-end PC if you need the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats as well. The drive is currently priced at $1200.
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According to rumors, Samsung is currently working on its BD-UP5000 “Duo HD Player”. The player will be released in July. The BD-UP5000 “Duo HD Player” will be able to handle HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. It offers HDMI 1.3 output and support for all new audio formats. Other specs include DCDi processing for DVD upscaling and HDMI output at 1080/24p. The estimated price is at around $799 to $999.