While other manufacturers flap about trying to decide what format to back in the HD DVD/Blu-ray Disc war, Toshiba has been solidly behind HD DVD since the start. The HD-E1 is the first consumer-oriented standalone HD DVD player available in Europe, so you can now feed your HD telly something decent. And decent its output is …
At least you can charge your iPod off it...
So that'll make it the most versatile wall-wart in existence, then...
Still just too expensive.
Simply go out and buy an XBox 360 and HD-DVD player, you get all the functionality of this player plus gaming as a bonus if you're simply out to watch HD movies - only go for the 360 core version.
I figure you pay £200 for the core + roughly £150 for the player.
You save yourself a full £100, and get a state of the art (until the ps3 arrives in the UK) games machine in the offer.
Oh and ur likely to find an Xbox 360 in the shops too ahead of this player (the HD-DVD drives availability is increasing as time goes on).
Realistically the dedicated player market simply has to equal or undercut Microsoft and SCEE from the get go if they're going to compete - but their business models simply arent set up the same way as the gaming industry, so it wont happen.
No contest tosh!
Can this Toshiba model be converted to multi-region?
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