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Old 12-17-05, 05:21 PM   #1
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Digital Max 16X Dual Format DVD+/-RW Drive $39.99



http://www.officemax.com/max/solutio...kOID=537406560

On clearance starting tomorrow @ Officemax

# 16x DVD writer supports both + and - standard format
# Backup your data, share films, record music
# Store up to 8.5 GBs of content with Dual Layer technology on one DVD disk
# Compatible with virtually all DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives
# 2MB data buffer
# Includes Nero 6 CD/DVD Recording Suite software
# Rewrite speed: 4X (DVD) or 32X (CD)
# Write speed: 16X (DVD) 8x(DVD+R Dual Format Mode) or 48X (CD)
# Read speed: 16x (DVD) 8x DVD Dual Format Mode) or 48X (CD)
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Old 12-17-05, 05:38 PM   #2
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It appears to be a Lite-On 1633S or 1653S.
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Old 12-17-05, 05:47 PM   #3
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X,

I read the same thing....and my gf did some searching and people's reviews at cdfreaks.com was that it is decent, not the best, but good for the price.
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Old 12-17-05, 05:54 PM   #4
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Yeah, it appears to be ok if you flash it with real Lite-On firmware.

At that price or a few bucks more I'd get an NEC drive though.
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Old 12-17-05, 05:56 PM   #5
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I am still debating on biting on this or something else....will check around for NEC

The one I use just died today after about 8 months (Micro Advantage cheapie) from OfficeMax.
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Old 12-17-05, 10:23 PM   #6
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For what it's worth, here is the drive I have been considering:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4&sku=N27-1878
Any opinions?
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Old 12-17-05, 10:52 PM   #7
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Any opinions?
Other than I wouldn't buy anything from a store with such a bad reputation as TigerDirect and you can get a newer model NEC cheaper at Newegg, I'd say the NEC is a good drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...InnerManu=1326
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Old 12-18-05, 12:32 AM   #8
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Thanks X, decided to go for this...

NEC ND-3550A BG - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$38.75)
Extended Warranty Fee: $0.00
Subtotal: $38.75
TAX: $3.58
Shipping and Handling Charge**: $0.00
Total: $42.33

I have bought from newegg.com before and never had any problems except for a D.O.A. motherboard that they quickly replaced.
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Old 12-18-05, 05:04 AM   #9
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Well, I decided to go with a Sony DRU-800A that Best Buy had on clearence for $29.99 (after $30 mail in rebate). So I paid 64.xx and will mail in for the $30.

Really nice burner!

Here is some info on it.

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Revi...rticleId=14084

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Old 12-20-05, 08:51 PM   #10
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This may belong in the Tech forum but I figured the answer may also benefit those looking at this deal...

Is there such a thing as Dual Layered Read/Writeable discs? If so, any bargain on just a few? I'm experimenting a lot these days with home videos as well as instructional videos and would like to have the added storage. However, its great to have the RW format so that once I check the final product out on a couple of different players that are used, I can simply reuse the Media.

thanks.
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Old 12-21-05, 04:51 AM   #11
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AFAIK, there is only write-once Dual Layer media, no re-writable.
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Old 12-21-05, 08:31 AM   #12
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You can't go wrong with the DL NEC drive from Newegg. I use that for DVDs and a LiteOn burner for CDs and never have problems.
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Old 12-21-05, 11:46 AM   #13
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This may be a silly question, but are these pretty universal in terms of size? I have been looking to get one to put into my computer, just wasnt sure if it would fit in my computer...
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Old 12-21-05, 12:35 PM   #14
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DVD burners are pretty universal in terms of size. However if you have a problem with the length of a standard burner Lite-Ons are significantly shorter. I put a Lite-On reader in a small, cramped computer for just that reason.
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