SilverStone TS05 External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 12-02-2009
Provided by: SilverStone

Much like VHS, the DVD format is slowly being phased out and replaced with high definition BD, or Blu-ray. As you may recall, Blu-ray won the high definition format war against HD DVD nearly two years ago and ever since, adoption of this new format has continued to grow.

Being such a techie, I am typically an early adopter with anything tech related but I decided to take a rain check when it came to the whole high definition format war. While I do enjoy the occasional movie, I am far from a movie buff or someone that has a huge movie collection. Combine that with the fact that one format would ultimately prevail over the other (R.I.P. HD DVD) and prices only come down over time on new technology, it only made sense for me to wait on Blu-ray.

Fast-forward two years to today and Blu-ray has made its way into the homes of many. Today I will be taking a look at a portable Blu-ray player from SilverStone that operates via USB so you can use it with either a notebook or a desktop computer.

The SilverStone Blu-ray DVD combo drive arrived in the black retail package you see above. A photo of the slim drive is shown on front with a complete specifications breakdown on the rear. These specs have been reproduced below, courtesy of SilverStone's website.

Continue ahead as we take a closer look at this portable Blu-ray solution.

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