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September 29, 2009

Blu-ray notebooks to take off in 2H 2010?

ToshibaQosmioX500.jpgWe're beginning to see more and more Blu-ray notebooks appear on the scene as we near the end of 2009. But with netbooks with thin, lightweight form factors and even lighter price tags, being the big seller this year, not one company (Dell, Asus, Acer, Toshiba) has really pushed Blu-ray notebooks too hard through their respective marketing channels.

By the second half of 2010, thing could see a bit of a reversal, according to Taiwan-based optical device manufacturers sourced by Digitimes. While a typical Blu-ray drive costs about $100 right now (compared to about $20 for a DVD drive), relegating Blu-ray notebooks to a high-end market price point during a recession, prices are expected to drastically drop by the second half of 2010.

Once this happens, we may see a proliferation of Blu-ray notebooks similar to this year's netbook phenomenon.

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Posted by Justin Davey at September 29, 2009 6:20 PM

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