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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Fastmac offers Blu-ray upgrade for Mac mini Reply with quote

Fastmac offers Blu-ray upgrade for Mac mini
Friday, April 6, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

Fastmac today announced the availability of its Blu-ray optical disk upgrade for the Mac mini. The new slimline drive supports reading, writing and re-writing to single (25GB) and dual layer (50GB) Blu-ray media at 1x speeds. It also works with DVD and CD media, able to write to DVD-R and DVD+R discs at 8x in single layer and 2x in dual/double layer mode; it can rewrite to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 4x speeds. Fastmac's drive also supports DVD-RAW reading and writing and up to 5x speeds and CD-R and CD-RW discs at 8x speeds.

The drive is also compatible with following Apple computers: iBook G4, iMac G5, iMac Intel, MacBook Pro (17-inch), PowerBook G3 Pismo, PowerBook G4 Titanium (667 Mhz or higher) and PowerBook G4 Aluminum.

It should be noted that Blu-ray burning requires 3rd-party software such as Roxio's Toast 8 Titanium, which enables Blu-ray disk support in the Mac OS Finder, and Blu-ray media. Native support for Blu-ray burning within iLife & iTunes is expected in the future via Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but cannot be guaranteed at this time. Fastmac's Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade is scheduled to ship within 10 days and is priced at $799.95.



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's too bad we're in the middle of the High-Def war where this stuff is way expensive. Blu-Ray is pretty awesome, glad to know there's an upgrade...hopefully blu-ray gains popularity and lowers in price.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be nice when Blu-Ray/HD DVD products become more affordable. Right now, they are pretty steep in price and are very rare.

For people wanting a Blu-Ray drive, this would be a nice upgrade for their mac mini. I have never seen a slim Blu-Ray drive yet until now!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porn could be the key to next-generation DVD war. Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zero13 wrote:
Porn could be the key to next-generation DVD war. Shocked

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070406/tc_nm/column_pluggedin_dc


It did in the battle of Beta vs VHS. Wink

I just can't wait until you can buy one of these for like under $299. The picture quality and storage capacities are just incredible. I guess the price of blank disks will have to fall for the storage part too.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, give or take the next 2 years (maybe a little more...) it'll become the new standard...far more affordable because everyone will get one.

But yes, amazing to see a slim slot-loading blu-ray drive!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FritzQ wrote:
But yes, amazing to see a slim slot-loading blu-ray drive!


No doubt! I can't wait to crack open my Mac mini again in another year or so. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The storage capacity is what really gets me about the Blu-Ray devices. You could possibly store your whole iTunes library on one disk!

In the future, it will be amazing to see how commen these drives will become. My mini might even want one in a couple years!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem here is that I have early adopter taste and a beer budget. Laughing

I really dig the Blu-ray player in my PS3 though. Movies look awesome with a capital A. It sure is going to be great when this technology gets less expensive.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great advancement and will be a real help when storing high res pictures from my Canon SLR. A little too expensive but I am sure just like DVD-RW drives, you will be able to pick them up for under £100 sooner or later..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought this whole format war would drop the 8Gb DL disc. When does this happen??? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
I thought this whole format war would drop the 8Gb DL disc. When does this happen??? Confused


Maybe never. It's possible that the Blu-Ray blanks will become more popular/cheaper and we will never see DL-DVD blanks at a dirt cheap (like 4.7 GB DVD blanks).
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TyPod wrote:
The storage capacity is what really gets me about the Blu-Ray devices. You could possibly store your whole iTunes library on one disk!


Yeah, Blu-Ray really leaped ahead of anyone trying to make high storage capacity discs...currently on the market is I think 25gb and 50gb discs...plus they have a very good hard-coating to protect the discs. What's really amazing is what they are currently experimenting with, 100gb Quad Layer discs (They worked with modified players that haven't been distributed), and even a 200gb disc.

I really hope Blu-Ray becomes the new standard though...I think it's cooler (And heck...it'll read everything I already own, so why not?)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: speed sucks though Reply with quote

this would be really great, but imagine burning 50 gb of stuff at 1x, it would take like a week!!, but still cool, that there are finally slim hd drives, i cant wait untill they get faster
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know they burned at only 1X. That seems pretty slow, but for storing 50GB of data, I would be just fine with it. Once they become more popular, the write speeds and performance will increase.
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