Originally Posted by Chakz
I wouldn't get an HD-DVD drive so soon. You pay a huge premium to get it at release, theres barely any content existant for them unless you make your own, and the burning speeds are terrible. If you wait even as short as 1 year after the release to get a nextgen drive the speeds will have quadrupled and the price will be significantly lower. The blank media will be expensive, you'll need a standalone player for your tv which will be priced through the roof. That's just my opinion, I would stick with the DVD drive and by the time you need HD-DVD it will be time for a new laptop anyways.
Well, If you already have a HDTV, it'll save you having to buy a stadalone player. I just had a chance to play with the new Aspire 9800 (the thing is huge, don't even think about carrying it around) with the HD-DVD yesterday and we had it hooked up to a Dell 2407 and the Last Samurai HD-DVD really looks great at 1920x1200.