Toshiba Vardia RD-A301 HD DVD Recorder with HDD

Sold your soul to Toshiba and cast Sony into the depths of your own gadget hell? That’s OK, because Toshiba is rewarding its loyal followers with the Vardia RD-A301, a new HD DVD player that’s filled with more features than a 9-year-old’s Halloween candy bag. Aside from having tons of inputs and outputs, including HDMI, the RD-A301 has a built-in 300GB hard drive for recording all your favorite shows in HD.

Oh, but that’s not all folks. This player is more equipped than Ron Popeil’s Pocket Fisherman. After you’re done ripping the first season of Hayden Panettiere: Wet, Hot and Uncensored, you can burn it to an HD DVD or regular DVD for your cousin who refuses to shell out the $29.99 for a legit copy. Unfortunately, with the player costing around $865, blank HD DVDs requiring a small mortgage for a 30-pack and no US availability, you’re stuck in the cold until Toshiba releases it here to warm you up.

RD-A301, the New HD-DVD and HDD Recorder from Toshiba [Akihabara News]