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Saturday, September 30, 2006

September 30 - External HD-DVD

For the first time ever, an external USB HD-DVD drive is being made available to the public. It's a power hungry beast though, and requires at least a single core Pentium 4 3.2Ghz processor or an AMD 64 X2 2.2Ghz to run properly with HD-DVD continuous playback. My laptop should do this nicely, but Sony will probably be releasing some 'accident' which means Sony PCs can't play HD-DVDs or something stupid like that. The HP HD100 requires either an HDMI cable or an HDCP compliant DVI-D cable if you want to use it's output on external sources. The HD-DVD Rom drive failed in testing to burn DVDs aswell, which was quite a big dissapointment. The HD100 is due by the end of the year, and goes to show that when HP aren't hiring private detectives to snoop on equally as nosy journalists, or busy taking over leading gaming PC manufactures, then they can produce some decent stuff. No price is available yet, but expect it to be anywhere in the region of £250 ($500) - £600 ($1200). Rather vague, I know, but it's the best guess we've got.

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