Dell Announces Blu-ray Laptops

Dell announces new laptops with high definition Blu-ray disc drives starting at $879. The lightweight Dell Inspiron 1525 is available in several designs such as Chill, Blossom and Commotion, or a spectrum of vibrant colors, like Sunshine Yellow, Midnight Blue and Ruby Red.

The Inspiron 1525 features a 15.4-inch high definition wide aspect display with 720p resolution. It also includes an HDMI port for easy connectivity to high resolution displays and HDTVs.

The Blu-ray player disc drive is fully backwards compatible, and will play as well as burn traditional DVDs and CDs. Consumers can also chose a burner drive, which is great for backing up and storing important data files. A disc will hold up to 50 GB of data, vs. 8.5 GB available on the typical DVD disc.

The Dell Inspiron 1525 incorporates Broadcom Media PC technology that allows PCs with integrated graphics to play high definition video. The high-definition video playback is enabled through a built-in dedicated accelerator located in a mini-card slot.

Inspiron 1525 features Dell MediaDirect technology which allows one button instant access to media files, even if the system is powered off or in hibernate. Optional accessories for a great movie watching experience include a slim travel power adapter ($80), Dell travel remote control that slips into the ExpressCard slot ($22), and Creative noise-isolation earphones ($25).

The Inspiron 1525 laptop is available today in the US, Canada and Europe.