Format War '06: Toshiba says "burn, baby, burn"

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It wasn't long ago that I was commenting on a lack of HD DVD burners. Though Toshiba did show one off at Computex (apparently a slim, laptop model), they seem to have leapfrogged right over HD DVD burners for computers and into the HD DVD home recorder market.

The RD-A1 will be marketed under the Vardia brand, but don't let that fool you: this baby is all Toshiba. Via the magic of H.264 and VC-1, the RD-A1 can burn both single and dual-layer HD DVDs, as well as the traditional DVD-R/W formats. To top it off, there's a bleeding terabyte of storage in this fellow, so you can fill it up with all the HD TV your little heart desires before burning copies for your own use.

It's got all the connections you might want in such a behemoth, from HDMI to RCA, as well as network connectivity, though at 18x16x6.26" and 33.5 lbs. it makes your Xbox look like an iPod. The only downside is the pricetag, which looks to be closer to $3500. I mean, hey, you could buy three Blu-Ray players and as PS3 for that much, right?

[via Gizmodo ]

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