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Blu-Ray burner?

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by saliwok, May 14, 2011.

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  1. saliwok

    saliwok Notebook Enthusiast

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    Seriously considering ordering one of these beasts.

    One of the reasons I'm hesitating, though, is the absence of a blu-ray burner.

    Any of you folks know if the reader can be swapped out for a burner?

    I'm guessing that because this is a slot-load, I'm probably stuck, but I have to ask.
     
  2. DanXbix

    DanXbix Notebook Deity

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    i wonder if the MATIAS$$A BD-RE UJ235A BD-RE burner tht i got with my R2 will swap into one
     
  3. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    I had a blu-ray burner in my R2. pulled it out and made it an external drive ao i could put a 1TB drive in
     
  4. saliwok

    saliwok Notebook Enthusiast

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    Did you put those burners in or did Dell?
     
  5. DanXbix

    DanXbix Notebook Deity

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    OEM Dell but they were interchangeable from R1<>R2
    maybe if we check out the M18x service manual and compare R2 service manual there maybe answers!
     
  6. decameron

    decameron Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi there,
    I asked Dell rep and he confirmed that Blu-ray is also Blu-ray Burner.
    I guess we will find out soon. My EDD is 6-2-11 and I am interested in Blu-ray Burner capability.
     
  7. BatBoy

    BatBoy NBR Community Moderator

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  8. saliwok

    saliwok Notebook Enthusiast

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    Curious that they wouldn't mention that the BD is a burner in the tech specs.

    Let us know what you get.
     
  9. saliwok

    saliwok Notebook Enthusiast

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    Now that a few systems are landing, are any of you able to tell if the BD drive can burn BD as well?
     
  10. Joe_Wulf

    Joe_Wulf Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm scoping out buying an M18x now.... their site specifically says blu-ray READER.

    "Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)"

    I've seen the M17x's in the past, prolly in the R2 days, that had advertised, specificlly, a BR burner.

    I think Dell would be smart and offer what is available. For them to 'say' it is a reader, when it will really do writing too would be lame on their part.
     
  11. decameron

    decameron Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here is what I got talking (chat) with a second guy from Dell yesterday:

    05/17/2011 08:25:07PM Dec: "is the Blu-ray also a BD burner?"
    05/17/2011 08:25:14PM Dec: "in M18x"
    05/17/2011 08:25:47PM Agent (xxx): "please allow me to check"
    05/17/2011 08:25:59PM Dec: "ok"
    05/17/2011 08:26:44PM Agent (xxx): "sorry for the delay"
    05/17/2011 08:28:22PM Agent (xxx): "the one included is not a burner"
    05/17/2011 08:28:27PM Agent (xxx): "but it is optional"
    05/17/2011 08:28:33PM Agent (xxx): "thanks for waiting"
    05/17/2011 08:29:21PM Agent (xxx): "What do you plan on using the computer for, if I may ask?"
    05/17/2011 08:29:48PM Dec: "I am talking about the one that is $229.99 more"
    05/17/2011 08:30:00PM Dec: "with Roxio 2011"
    05/17/2011 08:31:08PM Dec: "I see only 4 options under "Select My Internal Optical Drive""
    05/17/2011 08:31:20PM Agent (xxx): "sorry, my mistake, no writer or burner optional"
    05/17/2011 08:31:30PM Agent (xxx): "will only be bd readers"
    05/17/2011 08:31:44PM Dec: "are you sure?"
    05/17/2011 08:32:05PM Dec: "how can I order with Blu-ray burner?"
    05/17/2011 08:32:49PM Agent (xxx): "yes, no blu ray writer optional yet. the option currently will be an external drive"
    05/17/2011 08:33:03PM Dec: "ok thank you"


    Go figure.
     
  12. Mavericke_m15x

    Mavericke_m15x Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm still very curious about having one in my machine as well. Still can't beleive that they don't offer one. I can't imagine what their reasoning is for not offering one.
     
  13. JEW UNIT

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    Maybe they'll have one for M18x-R2?
     
  14. Mavericke_m15x

    Mavericke_m15x Notebook Evangelist

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    Yeah, you'd think... but they didn't offer one for the m17x-R2 when I bought mine and they didn't offer one in the m17x-R3 either.
     
  15. JCrichton

    JCrichton Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't actually think not having a BR burner is a big deal. Yeah, it would be nice to have all the options (screen, videocard, etc) but that hasn't been the case for a long time. And burning BRs on the go? Who's doing that? Just get an external.
     
  16. SOS4DELL

    SOS4DELL A Notebook Philosopher

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    Second that. To burn BD on the go is very time consuming.
    An external is better since you can get (for less) a faster BD burner than the one was offered. ;)

    (this can be an affordable option: OWC Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-206 External)
     
  17. JCrichton

    JCrichton Notebook Evangelist

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    :eek:
    Good call on the long burn time. I hadn't even considered that. :eek:
     
  18. SOS4DELL

    SOS4DELL A Notebook Philosopher

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    Besides that, an external (such as the one I sugested) can have a wide range of connections (FireWire 400 and 800 [my preference], eSata, USB 3.0, etc). ;)
     
  19. mikedgreat1

    mikedgreat1 Notebook Guru

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    well what are yall using these BR burners for?!?!? Whats the use for them right now? backing up ps3 games would be my only use :p
     
  20. jt-3

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    Really? I didn't know that. My R1 had one. I have a friend that's selling his R1, and his has a burner too... maybe I can see whether or not it fits into the M18x, and swap with him.
     
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