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internal blu-ray drives for a 15.4 macbook pro?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Kwesi, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Looking to upgrade but I can't seem to find any internal blu-ray drives that would work for a 15.4 macbook pro. Are they out there (for a reasonable price)?
  2. That's disappointing but I suppose it makes my decision easier. The only reason I care for Blu-Ray is for the extras they get (which are often pretty sweet) and I wanted to get Blu-Ray versions of movies and series' that I wanted buy but I guess that's a non-issue now.

    I'm wondering though, if a 3rd party company made a slot-loading Blu-Ray drive what would stop someone from installing it and basically making their MBP blu-ray capable? I actually saw one on FastMac.com but it was $1000 which is insane, lol.
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I think you just answered your own question about physical vs. digital media. :D
  4. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    The problem is, Apple doesn't support BD because of contract issues, so you don't have any media player for Blu-Ray content for OS X. You'd have to boot to Windows in order to watch the movies. If you're willing to use Windows on the machine, I'd just get an external BD drive, doesn't take that much space in a laptop bag.
  5. Alucard817


    May 18, 2010
    Thats the price you have to pay for being a mac owner. everything for mac is more expensive then windows. plus add the lack of support for the mac OS's and you have a group of people just screaming to be over charged.
  6. This isn't exactly true. Extra memory, larger hard drives, disk drives, Display replacements, and similar replacements and upgrades cost about the same as any other PC. The difference is that Apple doesn't offer accidental damage coverage and the computers themselves are more expensive. Of course, they are genrally less accessible but I'm ok with that.

    In addition there are quite a few services that have popped up that make repairing a mac much less expensive.
  7. Alucard817


    May 18, 2010
    not to be an ass but thats incorrect.

    Memory for Notebook
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231294 114.99
    Memory for netbook
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231297 149.99
    same exact specs. including same timings.

    Hard drives for mac and PC are the same size.
    HDD for MAC
    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-SATA-Hard-Disk-Drive/dp/B001V3O2HC 260.00
    HDD for PC
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate...683968&skuId=8490625&st=1tb seagate&cp=1&lp=5 79.99
    Same specs

    14.1 LCD screen replacement PC
    http://www.amazon.com/BrightView-Glossy-HP-Pavilion-Laptops/dp/B002CJ8TDC 104.97
    14" Macbook LCD screen replacement
    http://www.welovemacs.com/6612625.html 269.95
    That is the cheapest LCD I could find for MAC

    This is only a few examples.

    Also software is also more expensive for MAC then PC.
  8. For pretty much everything, if you put "Apple" in the name of the product it will be more expensive than a similar product without it. But it's not always necessary to make the distinction. Not of the parts I upgraded my laptop with (so far just the HDD and memory) had the "Apple" label but work perfectly and cost about the same as any other PC replacement part. I can see the display being more expensive though since those are proprietary.

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