Toshiba’s HD-E1 gets price slash

Japanese giant Toshiba has thrown down the gauntlet in the ongoing HD DVD vs Blu-ray battle by knocking a healthy £100 off its entry-level player

Japanese giant Toshiba has thrown down the gauntlet in the ongoing HD DVD vs Blu-ray battle by knocking a healthy £100 off its entry-level player, the HD-E1.Despite its sleek good looks, the old asking price of £450 for its next-gen disc-spinner was still a pony more than the Blu-ray-toting PS3, which also plays games.But at a sensible £350 the Tosh is once again a tempting prospect – and one of the cheapest hi-def players out there. Sony’s first dedicated Blu-ray player, the BDP-S1 is expected to cost a cool £1000 when it launches here in May.But the suits at Toshiba reaction to the competition is 'bovvered' and it boldly claims that it expects to flog 1.8 million boxes in the US this year. So is it hooray for Blu-ray or does it have to be HD DVD? Our bottoms are starting to get sore from sitting on the fence. Watch this space… What’s your view? Have your say in our forums – there’s a Nikon camera up for grabs for the best post.

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