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purchasing a new dvd writer or burner

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by carlo_scute, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. carlo_scute

    carlo_scute Thread Starter

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    hi experts and moderators!

    i'm planning on purchasing a new dvd writer..need your advice before i purchase.
    some brands we have are:lite-on , samsung, asus, Sony ,LG Collins, Benq, and HP and iomega..they have practically the same prices.

    I also need advice for correct specs on the device..like speed(X something) and double layer something.. that i don't comprehend
    (there's a certain Lightscribe Technology with hp..what's that?)

    i have a lite-on dvd player which works very well for 14months.
     
  2. kidcnote

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    As far as your "Double layer something" I think you mean dual layer..
    http://www.dvdrw.com/press/duallayer.htm
    And heres your speed (X something) http://i7.tinypic.com/21kbdxi.jpg

    I Have a BenQ DW1655 and it's worked flawlessly since I installed it 6 months ago and it has LightScribe..
    http://fyad.org/fsc8 Lightscribe will "Burn" an image onto your DVD/CD as a label. Click this link below and once in Scroll down VVV
    http://www.meritline.com/benq-dw1655-dvd-burner-and-25-pack-hp-lightscribe-52x-cd-r.html
    LightScribe is simply the easiest, most impressive disc labeling solution around. With LightScribe technology, you can burn labels directly onto your CDs and DVDs using the same disc drive that burns your data.
    http://www.meritline.com/hp-lightscribe-cdr-lightscribe-cd-r-media-discs.html

    The three elements of the LightScribe system are designed to work together seamlessly: LightScribe hardware (BenQ DW1655), software, and media give you great looking, customized labels for your CDs and DVDs- wherever and whenever you need them.
    1. Hardware: The BenQ DW1655 LightScribe-enabled drive recognizes and reads special LightScribe media to ensure precise, consistent imaging on the disc surface for sharp, detailed labels.
    2. Software: LightScribe-enabled software from your favorite software companies makes it easy to create disc labels - using your own text, photos, or designs.
    3. Media: A thin dye coating on the label side of LightScribe discs absorbs laser light, which tiggers a chemical reaction to give you a silkscreen-quality reproduction of your artwork, text, or photos.
     
  3. emoxley

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    LiteOn and BenQ are the best of the ones you named. Most of them come with 16X speed now, but you don't really want to burn any faster than 8X. Most folks still burn at 4X, to get the best quality (so they say), but I burn at 8X with good results.

    I think all burners are double layer now, but the DL discs are still too expensive, except for those "special" projects. The LiteOn and BenQ burners are also capable of Booktyping, which will make the discs you burn, more compatable with stand alone players.

    kidcnote is right about the lightscribe, but I, personally, don't like it. The lightscribe discs are more expensive, and with lightscribe, there's no color to your labels. I like the Epson "R" series printers, that print directly on printable discs. You get full color that way. This and lightscribe, comes down to personal taste, more than anything.
    Good luck with whatever you decide on! :)
     
  4. carlo_scute

    carlo_scute Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your views..
    ..any other dvd burner opinions from forum moderators and hardware analysts?
     
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    Avoid NEC and Lite-on, cheap build quailty.
     
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    I bought a sony dru-820A love it got it at staples for 70.00
     
  7. emoxley

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    I have to disagree............
    LiteOn is one of the best you can get. If you don't believe me, go here, and read all around the site, and see which brands are recommended most(Plextor, LiteOn, BenQ): http://forums.afterdawn.com/
    The site is about burning dvds and cds. These folks have used them all. They won't steer you wrong.
     
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    Just cuz something new burns well has nothing to do it's build quality or lasting reliability. That said Lite-on and NEC make cheap flimsy products. Lite-on's standalone DVD recorders also follow in this dismal tradition.
     
  9. emoxley

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    My LiteOn, and others I know that have a LiteOn, have had absolutely no trouble with them, and there's nothing flimsy about them. You are the first person I've ever heard say that. If it was true, believe me, a lot more people would have said something about it. Word would have gotten out............... You can occaisionally get a bad one, of any brand, of anything.
     
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    thanks for your opinion! appreciate it a lot!
     
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