Into the blue: Dell’s affordable Blu-ray laptop

Less than a grand

Dell has introduced a Blu-ray notebook computer for under $1,000.

The Inspiron 1525, which has a customisable case colour, is fitted with a Blu-ray drive that can also play – and burn – CDs and DVDs. A Blu-ray burner is available. The 50GB Blu-ray capacity compares to a typical 8.5GB DVD and is thus a much better backup medium.

The 1525 has a 15.4-inch display with 720p resolution and an HDMI port for connection to high-definition TVs or high-resolution displays. (720p is a high-definition screen standard with 720 lines of vertical display resolution all updated progressively – the p – and not interlaced.) It also features one button instant access to media files, even if the system is powered off or in its hibernate mode.

Accessories such as an infra-red remote control and noise-isolation headphones are available.

The Inspiron 1525 is priced from $879 and available now in North America and Europe.

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