Ever wondered if it’s worth it to buy a Blu-ray burner for your computer? This blog post will go through the pros and cons of buying one and research why Blu-ray discs are so expensive.
Blu-Ray Burner Pros:
• It is a two-in-one product that offers both writable and burnable Blu-ray discs
• It has a DVD burner that allows you to burn, record, or watch DVD movies.
• It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10 via an upgrade.
• There are a few models under the same brand that can be found in different price ranges. If you are searching for the best deal, it is recommended to search online for “Blu-ray burner” online and browse through different recommended models on Amazon.com.
Blu-Ray Burner Cons:
• The price of Blu-ray burners is relatively high, making it difficult for most users to justify the purchase.
• A Blu-ray burner is not a stand-alone product. It requires a computer with the necessary hardware to operate. If you do not already have a computer with all the required components (hardware), it will be useless for you to purchase.
Researching Blu-ray Discs and their burn speeds:
You must research well before you buy your Blu-ray burner. There are many things that you should consider before purchasing a Blu-ray burner. These are the burn speeds, the price, and the actual Blu-ray disc format. The results of your research will determine if you will buy one or not. So let’s start with a bit of explanation about Blu-ray Discs and their burn speeds.
Blu-ray Disc is a type of optical disc format developed by Sony in 1996 for the audio and video distribution of prerecorded digital data (both video and audio codecs) and computer software—video games, movies, etc.
Data stored on Blu-ray Discs can be encoded in either the main High Definition video formats or a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) compatible format.
As of January 2010, there are 25 commercial titles available on Blu-ray Disc. That’s only about five titles per month—not even enough to keep up with regular release DVD movies. It will take years before most movie companies will switch to Blu-ray Discs to release their movies. Even many insurance companies still prefer to use DVD and CD media for storing their data.
Why Are Blu-Ray Discs So Expensive?
Now that you have read the explanation about Blu-ray discs, let’s go back to the original question—why are Blu-ray discs so expensive?
Even if you purchase a Blu-ray burner, you still need a DVD drive or software that can read and write on CD or DVD. Also, it is essential to know that a Blu-ray disc has a lot more data than a DVD CD. This means that it will take a longer time to burn one Blu-ray disc. That also means it will cost more too! To make things even more complicated, there are different types of Bluray disc formats as well.
There is BD-R (Blu-ray Disc Rewritable), BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc ReWritable), BD-R DL (Double Layer), BDXL (Extended Capacity), and so on. These all have different burn speeds, so make sure you do your research well before buying your blu ray burner.
The truth is, Blu-ray discs are a great bargain for their high definition capabilities and incredible multimedia benefits. Still, unless you want to pay a lot more than the price of a regular DVD or CD burner, you better stick to DVD burning.
After researching Blu-ray Discs, I have learned two facts: A DVD can hold up to 4.7 Gb of data, while a Blu-ray Disc can hold up to 25 Gb of data. A Blu-ray disc is 60 times as fast as a DVD CD, allowing you to burn one disc in about fifteen minutes.
As you can see, there are many advantages and disadvantages to buying a Blu-ray burner.
Whether it is worth it or not to buy a Blu-ray burner is a matter of personal preference. When you own a Blu-ray burner, you can store and play high-definition multimedia files. Most importantly, you can also view all your data if your computer crashes or loses power for some reason. If you are someone who likes watching full-length movies on your computer and you have the budget available to make the purchase, then, by all means, go ahead and buy one.