Plextor has just released a portable USB powered Blu-Ray drive. The Plextor PX-B120U is currently available in the United States for $99.99.
Though many other Blu-Ray drives require a separate power brick, the Plextor PX-B120U is USB powered, making it perfect for on-the-go use. However, you will need a computer that is capable of handling 1080p HD video playback. This rules out most ultra-portable netbooks, as many use integrated graphics instead of discrete options from NVIDIA and ATI.
Don’t have a HDMI port? No problem. Aside from just being powered by USB, the audio and video is transmitted via USB as well. This cuts down the need to worry about bringing additional cables along with you. The PX-B120U also upscales your DVD collection, providing a picture that is near HD quality.
One major drawback is the fact that this Blu-Ray drive is read only. Those of you who were hoping for a portable Blu-Ray drive capable of burning Blu-Ray drives should look elsewhere. Regardless, $99.99 is a pretty decent price for a portable Blu-Ray drive. For more information on the Plextor PX-B120U, check out the product page.