Get a Sony Blu-ray drive for $49.99

Sorry, but that's "drive," not "player." Still, it's a terrific deal for anyone with a media-center PC connected to a TV or big monitor. But you'll have to live with a 90-day warranty.

For the first time ever, you can score a Blu-ray drive for under $50. Sony

Two sweet deals from Sony in one week? Mercury must be in line with Neptune. First we got the refurbished PlayStation 3 for $237, and now you can pick up a Sony BDU-X10S Blu-ray drive for $49.99 shipped (plus tax in most states).

Just to clarify, this is an internal PC drive, not a standalone Blu-ray player. So it's really a deal only if you have a PC hooked up to a big monitor or an HDTV. (Sorry, slim pickings on deals today.)

Just make sure you're using a DVI or HDMI connection to avoid copy-protection issues.

The BDU-X10S is a SATA drive with an 8x DVD read speed and 2x Blu-ray read speed. It comes with PowerDVD 8, which is necessary if you want to actually watch Blu-ray movies on your PC.

Drives like these were selling for well over $100 just last year, so 50 bucks is a deal indeed.

Because it's a refurb, the warranty expires after 90 days--no big deal, IMHO, but I thought you'd want to know.

Also, make sure your video card is HDCP-compliant and supports 1,920x1,080 resolution so you enjoy full 1080p goodness on your big TV.

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