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Good Blue-Ray player for PC?

So I have gotten quite interested in blue-ray and was wondering which blue-ray driver would suit me best.

1st. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250

2nd. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

other recommendations would be helpful.

Also while doing some research I learned that blue-ray requires software, If this is indeed true what is the best software recommended.
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  1. I don't know if you noticed/considered this, but while the asus is a bit cheaper the lg is also a burner. Oem drives ship without cables and playback/burning software, but you might be able to find a decent free and legal software solution online(open source software, likely). for the few extra dollars, you might want to go with the burner. On a cost per gigabyte basis, the newer blu ray media is sometimes on sale for even cheaper than dvd and would burn the same amount of data notably faster as well.
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    Personally, I went with an LG model (a couple years back), but to be honest, it's probably a coin toss between the two.

    I've heard some people have had success playing blu-ray movies using VLC. I lucked out when Newegg included PowerDVD9 with my OEM drive (for whatever reason). Beyond that, I can't make a recommendation.

    -Wolf sends
  3. jtenorj said:
    I don't know if you noticed/considered this, but while the asus is a bit cheaper the lg is also a burner. Oem drives ship without cables and playback/burning software, but you might be able to find a decent free and legal software solution online(open source software, likely). for the few extra dollars, you might want to go with the burner. On a cost per gigabyte basis, the newer blu ray media is sometimes on sale for even cheaper than dvd and would burn the same amount of data notably faster as well.


    Anonymous said:
    Personally, I went with an LG model (a couple years back), but to be honest, it's probably a coin toss between the two.

    I've heard some people have had success playing blu-ray movies using VLC. I lucked out when Newegg included PowerDVD9 with my OEM drive (for whatever reason). Beyond that, I can't make a recommendation.

    -Wolf sends


    So the LG it is thanks for the input guys. Don't really know who to give best answer to since you two gave valid information.
  4. its Blu-ray... lol :p
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