So the HD DVD player has been out about a month now and people are starting to take notice. USA Today's Edward C. Baig has a review up of the higher end model - the HD-XA1. This is the $800 unit that includes the motorized front plate and backlit remote. His take on it: he doesn't give one. In fact the only thing he says about the player is that Apollo 13 got stuck in it and he had to swap it out with another one. There is little information about the picture quality and took us sometime to locate where he talked about it; it is on the left hand side bar. While it is nice to see HD DVD in the mainstream, articles that don't talk about the picture quality is not going to help HD DVD or Blu-ray.

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USA Today's take on Toshiba's HD DVD player