high and mighty

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am


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The high-definition (HD) video format war is over and Dell says the consumer has won. Since the middle of the month, the US computer maker has made available in Hong Kong a low-cost machine with a built-in Blu-ray disc player - the Inspiron 1525.

Big Blu The Inspiron 1525 notebook personal computer features a 15.4-inch, high-definition wide aspect display with 720p (for progressive scan) resolution. It also includes a high-definition multimedia interface port for connectivity to high-resolution monitors and HD TVs.

The Blu-ray disc player is fully backwards compatible, which means it can be used to play standard DVDs and CDs.

The laptop incorporates Broadcom Media PC technology, which allows the highest-quality HD video playback for mainstream PCs. With total power consumption of less than 3 watts, the technology helps extend battery life.

Light and bright The Inspiron 1525 weighs about 2.7kg and measures 35.7cm by 2.5cm by 25.6cm. It comes in a spectrum of vibrant colours, including red, yellow and blue. It also incorporates Dell's MediaDirect technology, which allows users to view PowerPoint presentations, contacts, calendars, photos and videos, as well as play music, stored on the computer without having to power up the Windows operating system.

Best deal When Sony introduced the market's first Blu-ray-enabled laptop, the Sony Vaio AR Premium, in May 2006, the 17-inch widescreen display-equipped machine came with a US$3,500 price tag. Dell promises no such sticker shock. In Hong Kong, an Inspiron 1525 bundled with Blu-ray player costs HK$10,499. Included are a 2-gigahertz T7250 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the Windows Vista Home Basic operating system, 2-gigabyte of memory, a 250GB hard disk drive and Wi-fi connectivity. Optional accessories include a slim travel power adapter, a TV tuner card remote control and Dell's Bluetooth stereo headset. You'll have to buy your popcorn elsewhere.