buying a DVD writer

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  1. LudeGuy

    LudeGuy Active Member

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    prices are getting more and more affordable and i decided to get one. what should i look for? i'm a complete newbie at dvd writing. i heard of dvd-r and dvd+r, DVD RW, DVD/RW.............. formats. does anyone know how those work?
     
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    Get a drive that supports both -/+
    Around the $200-$215 range you can get a nice TDK or Plextor.
    The +/- Pioneer is pretty good too around $170-190.

    But for the price difference I would get the TDK or Plextor.
     
  3. LudeGuy

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    this LG 4040B drive got my attention. for ~$110 plus taxes and it seems to be supporting all formats. do you think it's any good?
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    IMHO, multi-formats offer no more than the regular DVD-burners.
    I can justify to myself paying $20-30 for a slightly better standard (dvd+r's instead of -r's) but not $20-30 so i can burn onto second-rate discs.

    And make sure you get at least a 4x.
     
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    I just did some research myself. I am not going to buy one right not.

    Your options are:

    Buy a 4x write model which is basically old technology and spend 30 minutes of your time copying a dvd.

    Spend 200.00 extra so you can get the newest 8x model and your not stuck with old technology but you can only buy 4x write blank dvds.

    I don't want old technology and I don't want to spend an extra to write dvd's at 4x but brag that I have the newest. The way I see it is when the 8x blank dvd's come out the prices of the 8x dvd writers will be cheaper and then I'll buy.
     
  6. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    i'm waiting til they either get above 20x and/or support dual layer burning. :x: i get by ok with server backups and CDRW for now. Once i can do a direct DVD to DVD copy is when i'll be truely happy with whatever DVD burner i get.
     
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    8x writes a DVD in 8 minutes at the fastest.

    Thats enough for me ;-)
     
  8. reverse

    reverse hooooooooo

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    For just above $100 you can get an Optowrite Dual format 4x burner. It works.
     
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    8x plextor :)
     
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    I have the 4040b and it's been rock solid for my purposes.
     
  11. LudeGuy

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    agreed...

    on the other hand, just read a review on the 4040b burner and they don't recommend it at all unless writing in DVD-RAM format is a big concern. i guess i'll wait too
     
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    I just bought a Lite On drive last night. Its dual format 4x. Its the 411s I think. Paid 129.99. Burned 2 dvds took me about 25mins average for total rip and burn of a complete movie.

    BTW, the dual layer format burners will be available around May of 2004. They will write to the 9.whatever gig discs in dual layer. I have no idea what the price will be. They also said that the burners that are out now won't be albe to do the dual layer discs b/c of there speed and other factors. The only one that may will be the 8x and faster, but thats not determined yet.
     
  13. The Bastard

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    That LG 4040B is a good price/performance ratio drive according to a massive write up on Tomshardware. I'm getting it for Christmas for sure. The only draw back of that drive is probably no 8x, but it's a mix blessing. 4x media prices are up in the stratosphere, while 2x is barely affordable compared to CDR prices. Coarse it depends on the application you intend to use it with. Regardless, this is a great drive for a great price.
     

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