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Lite-On Blu-Ray Drive: Blu-Ray Playback For Cheap

lite-on-blu-ray-playback-drive.jpgThe format wars are over, and Blu-Ray has won. For those of you who got an HD DVD player (Get one! They’re fun, soon-to-be nostalgic, and under 100 bucks!), I’m sorry. Kudos to those of you who bought a Playstation 3. So now the question is, are you going to go out and buy an expensive Blu-Ray player? I’m not. In fact, this is possibly the one thing that could trigger me to finally, finally build a multimedia center PC. You see, there’s a trick: the Lite-On DH-401S-08 Blu-Ray Playback Drive costs a bit less than a Blu-Ray Player. A few hundred dollars less.

Sandisk Sansa 16GB MP3 Player: A Beautiful View

sandisk-view-main-pic.jpgOkay, so it may not have the flashiest design. But please, don’t judge this book by its cover. One word to describe the look of the SanDisk Sansa View? I’d say “Simple.” In fact, I’d say that word pretty much sums up this mp3 player as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t mean that as a bad thing. This is definitely on of those situations in which less is indeed more.

In keeping with its simplicity theme, the controls of theSandisk Sansa View 16GB MP3 Player are minimal and straightforward. It has the standard menu button, a navigation wheel that includes a “select” button at its center. Its edges include a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, a dock connector, and a microphone. What else could you possibly need?

New Zune: Microsoft’s Solid-State Answer to Apple’s iPod

zunedevicefamily.jpgHave you Seen the new 8GB Microsoft Zune? It’s hard to look at it and not think of some of the older versions of the iPod nano. Probably not a coincidence, especially when you consider that the Zune’s official website bears a strong resemblance to Apple’s. Interestingly enough, the word Microsoft is not even mentioned on the site.