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Looking for a laptop with a BD drive.

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Looking for a laptop with a BD drive.

My son is looking for a laptop with a Blu-ray drive. Budget is around $8-900. Any recommendations?
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You can swap out a DVD drive for a Blu Ray drive quite easily.
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SickBeast wrote: You can swap out a DVD drive for a Blu Ray drive quite easily.
But I always thought that bluray drives for laptops don't have a standard shape. That is, if you buy a drive you have no idea if it will fit into the bay of your laptop. Is there a way to tell if it will fit in your laptop? I've always wondered this but never actually took the time to Google it because I never needed to.
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ds2chan wrote: But I always thought that bluray drives for laptops don't have a standard shape. That is, if you buy a drive you have no idea if it will fit into the bay of your laptop. Is there a way to tell if it will fit in your laptop? I've always wondered this but never actually took the time to Google it because I never needed to.
http://www.newegg.ca/Blu-Ray-Drives/SubCategory/ID-598
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So what are your other laptop criteria? Typically Dell Refurbished and Refurb.io offer great deals so long as you're ok with something used/refurbished.
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He's totally non committed to size/specs, just so long as it will surf and play blu-rays at native resolution. I bought a Dell refurb Lattitude E6420 last summer that's been great for me and I suggested doing the same and swapping out the drive, but it's only 1600x900 resolution and that's the best they come in.
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buy a decent laptop, and buy a laptop blu ray drive separately.
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Buy a refurb lenovo T series laptop...they have a blueray drive that swaps into the existing dvdrw drive.

I would suggest a T430s...they are slimmer, can be purchased cheaply and resolution is 1600 x 900..

Mind you...the BD drive will cost about half the cost of the laptop!

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ds2chan wrote: huh. every time I pulled out a dvd drive from a laptop I swear they had a different shape to them.
You're probably thinking that because it still has the faceplate/bezel still on it. Those are all customised to the laptop's shape and can usually be removed and swapped with the generic flat tray bezel on aftermarket drives. On slot loading drives, usually there's a slot bezel in the laptop so replacing is as easy as removing the slot bezel (or buying a slot drive w/o bezel) and simply replacing the drive.

However, a couple things to be aware of:

1. There are two types of slim laptop drives these days: traditional slim, at 12.5mm, and super-slim at 9mm. Be sure to get the right one.

2. If you go the "replace-the-drive" route, keep in mind you likely won't have software to play BD movies, whereas a laptop that came with the drive would have that. Commercial software to play BDs is fairly overpriced--$85 for PDVD (would be cheaper but 16 just came out not long ago) or $55 for WinDVD Pro. Unless of course you're willing to get the software via "other" means.

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