Dell starts US Blu-ray war on laptops, UK customers have to wait

The high-definition format wars are over - and you won: Dell customers can now get a Blu-ray laptop for under a $1,000.

Available today on dell.com, movie buffs can pick up the Inspiron 1525 with optional Blu-ray disc playback starting at $899.

UK customers will have to wait a bit more though as only the Inspiron 1720 ships with an optional Blu-Ray drive, in a package that costs a eye-popping £918.99, with the Blu-ray drive accounting for more than a third of the price, more than twice the price.

As retailers and video rental companies expand their high-definition offerings, Blu-ray is the new "must-have" technology to help get the most out of your viewing experience.

The Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop 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 Blu-ray burner drive, which is great for backing up and storing important files like digital photos, videos, financial records, etc.

A Blu-ray disc will hold up to 50 GB of data, vs. 8.5 GB available on the typical DVD disc.

Dell Inspiron 1525 laptops with Blu-ray disc drives incorporate 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.

Like all Dell consumer laptops, the Inspiron 1525 features Dell MediaDirect technology which provides one button instant access to media files, even if the system is powered off or in hibernate.