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Toshiba Thinking About Blu-ray for Laptops

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While Toshiba said they had no plans to produce a Blu-ray player when they killed HD DVD, it turns they're at least considering Blu drives for their notebooks. Next question: Who would they buy them from? Surely not Sony.... [Pocket Lint]

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@pandasonic: Probably never. I stand by my position that optical drives are dead for computers. They haven't kept up with hard drive prices from a write perspective, and they only have a read advantage if you can press them in large lots. Beyond software distribution, something increasing handled online, there is no good reason to include any optical drive these days, let alone spring for one with a blue laser.

Blu-ray may have indeed won the silly HD war, but I wager that they won't have anywhere near the amount of time to recoup their costs that the VHS and DVD markets did. It's too late; we're beyond the hardware limitation that made optical capacities seem huge. I say that within 2 years we'll either see viable holographic technology come to the market, or flash memory technology will have fallen far enough in price to meet the needs of ROM distribution.