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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-29-2006, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Internal DVD Burner's... Recomendations?

Seeking some info on DVD Burners, bets brands, specs to look for etc etc... any info muchly appreciated.


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I would go with Plextor

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1118845061598

unless you want the ability to being able to label your DVD/CDs via the HP burner that allow that if you by the right media in that case I would go with this one

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1134703573506
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I bought my burner when they first started to become popular. I was so confused with dvd+r/rw, dvd-r/rw and dvd-ram, so I bought an Iomega superdvd. It does all the formats out there. I haven't really looked at what they have out now, but I love mine and am really glad I bought it. Make sure you know the differences between the different formats and decide on which is best for you. Like Keith mentioned, the litescribe drives that burn text into the discs are so totally badass! Good Luck!
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Yeah i like the idea of the lightscribe drives
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Hmm, i like the look of this one. I'm thinking i might go external instead....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ab=11&NoMapp=0
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I would go online and get the free one after rebates. I have 2 dvd burners and I got both of them for free after rebates. Its been 2 years and both work fine.
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I have one of these, and have 3 buddies who then bought the same one. Dual Layer Samsung OEM DVD burner $40. NEVER had a problem with it, nor has any of my buddies.

http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos...duct_id=236528




They also have a lightscribe one now also for $60.

http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos...duct_id=236527



I would love to go lightscribe, but the media is still so expensive compared to regular discs. I can get a 50 disc spindle of 8x DVD+R for $10 at Micro Center, but the 15 disc spindle of 8x DVD+R Lightscribe discs costs $12.

I'm thinking about buying a new printer that can print directly onto printable discs cause printable 8X DVD+R's are only $8 for 25 discs.
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Don't most of the later burners support both + and - formats? Along with all the ones now being DL(Dual Layer) capable. Not to hi jack but I've been using an Epson 320 for the last year to print on printable discs for the last year. Just bought an Epson 340 which has better CD tray handling and a color screen for less than the 320 cost me. I hear the lightscribe is verrrrrrry slow at burning even a simple image along with the high cost of media. You've then got a greyscale image..but it won't fade or wash off! I can rip a movie disc..recode it onto a single layer DVD in Nero, scan the DVD label on my flat bed scanner and print the copied DVD label on my Epson printer. Both discs look and play the same(sure there's a little visual quality lost but I could always copy to a DL disc and make an exact copy) Plextor has an excellent reputation in performance and reliability and usually a price to match. I've been using Pioneer drives...the DVR-105 and up series in both my PCs and my Apples. They're native burn in either platform. The Samsung is a great buy and NEC makes some good budget burners also. Returning the hijack to the rightful owner.

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I have the HP 740 with Lightscribe and it is great. (No DVD RAM) what am I missing?
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I just bought a drive two months ago. After a lot of research I bought the NEC 3550A.

It is simply the best drive out there. Half the price of the Plextor and just as good or better.

The best thing about it? You can flash it with the bios of the 4550A and voila! you instantly(and without the extra cost) have a Labelflash burner. That new bios also enables cool things like booktyping. There is a big community out there hacking the 3550A and creating some very cool bios'.

The only problem with Labelflash is that it's almost impossible to find discs out there. But who cares? Both it and Lightscribe are useless. The discs are super expensive, the finished product looks like shit and it's sloowwwwww. Buy a printer(I have the Epson R300) that prints full color directly on to cd's.
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I run a Pioneer DVD-RW, 2MB cache, wanna say the model # is A227.

Not the fastest DVD burner out there but it gets the job done.
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I've got the Plextor 716A. I bought it sometime last year and it works like a charm.
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http://www.newegg.com

- is all that matters. Does anyone seriously use +? No one I know does.

I've had a Toshiba drive for a couple years. No problems.
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- is all that matters. Does anyone seriously use +? No one I know does.

I've had a Toshiba drive for a couple years. No problems.
I use +, but mainly because my boss uses - and we don't like to get our discs confused. Plus, I like the blue color of my + Maxells better than the orange -es.
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I would wait for the blue ray. My 2 (Canadian) cents.
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