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Old 01-05-02, 09:27 PM
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QUICK! Need Advice on CD-RWs

Ok, thanks to the other thread, I'm going to buy an Asus A7V133C, but my brother wants a CD-RW for his computer - which one would you buy?

PANASONIC CW-7585B 8X/4X/32X ($72)
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/doc/A09400.html

PHILIPS PCRW804K 32X-READ/8X-RECORD/4X-REWRITE ($73)
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/doc/154240.html

PHILIPS PCRW1208 12X/8X/36X ($79)
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/doc/170034.html

LG ELECTRONICS GCE-8160B 16X/10X/40X ($79)
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/doc/a14420.html
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LITE-ON LTR-24102B-02 24x10x40 CDRW - OEM
$87 including shipping or $85 in black
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...ion=27-106-166

or
LITE-ON LTR-16102B 16x10x40 CD-RW DRIVER INTERNAL EIDE - OEM
for $77 shipped

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...ry=1336&DEPA=1

for all lite on cdrw's
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I would have bought a plextor before Dec 31 and had it for $87 with the $30 rebate, but I am silly like that

If I had ONLY the choices you listed and every other drive in the world was sold out until the year 2025, then I would probably pick the

1. Panasonic for reliable hardware, but less features
2. The LG for features, but less reliable hardware
3. see below*


* I would rather carve the cdrs by hand with a small light sabre than own a cdr drive made by philips


Notes on 1 and 2, when I say reliable hardware I mean # of burns before the drive fails, in no way does this mean making coasters out of CDRs. The LG would make less coasters due to the fact that is has burnproof technology OEM'ed by the one and only plextor.

4. I would buy a plextor
5. saving some money I would buy a TDK
6. There are more options, but this is no longer holding your attention.
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first option should always be the plextor


if you cant get the plextor at a price you find reasonable.. then go ahead and get the liteon drive from newegg..

nothing compares to the plextor.. but the liteon is one of the closest
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btw.. I agree with 4KRG about preferring to carve the cds by hand, then use a phillips burner.. but to that list, Ill also add HP and Sony..


I have no experience with the panasonic burners.. but I do alot of research in this area.. and have never heard anyone mention the panasonic drive as a good option.


sadly.. this may be one of the few polls that I can not vote in.. because I dont see any of the options as being acceptable.
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From the list above, Panasonic. My personal preference is for LiteOn drives. They are cheap and solid. I've put them in many systems and always had great luck.
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Originally posted by 4KRG
a plextor




plextor.

4. a plextor

6. There are more options, but this is no longer holding your attention.
he is not going to stop saying it is he so-

PLEXTOR 121032TA-BP PLEXWRITER 12x10x32 CD-RW - OEM
$95 shipped from newegg.com


do you think he will stop now

by the way I added the shipping charges to all the totals for all my drives

dawned on me that most probably don't read my posts real close so they might miss my shipped comment. of course they are probably missing this too

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Originally posted by twikoff
btw.. I agree with 4KRG about preferring to carve the cds by hand, then use a phillips burner.. but to that list, Ill also add HP and Sony..

No arguments here


I have no experience with the panasonic burners.. but I do alot of research in this area.. and have never heard anyone mention the panasonic drive as a good option.
I used a few dozen of various models and are not bad, they are not great either due to the fact that make a few coasters, but the hardware is built well - ot will make coasters for years to come

sadly.. this may be one of the few polls that I can not vote in.. because I dont see any of the options as being acceptable.
He needs a "none of the above, be a man and buy a plextor" option
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Originally posted by 4KRG


He needs a "none of the above, be a man and buy a plextor" option
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I would also recommend Plextor.

Philips burners are (maybe "were") great though. I don't know what were your experience with them but I have one (with the HP name) and it is very good. It's an old 2X burner but it still working well and after about 600 burns I still have to get a coaster. I have to admit that I know what I am doing (even with my original Pentium 166 I never got a buffer underun), I am using reliable CDRs and I am not using a crappy burning software (I know what soft to use if I want to do RAW writing or if I need to overburn... well that was in the days of the 74min CDRs!).
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Another vote for the Liteon 24x10x40x CDRW burner.
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Thanks guys - I ended up not buying a CD-R - my brother didn't think he'd use it enough to justify the cost - although I could use a new one to replace my current USB Sony drive (which works well, but only at 1x - quite frustrating).

Thanks again for the options.
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The first time you burn a CDR at 24X, you'll ask yourself "Why'd I wait so long in upgrading my CDR burner?"
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Originally posted by Blake
Thanks guys - I ended up not buying a CD-R - my brother didn't think he'd use it enough to justify the cost - although I could use a new one to replace my current USB Sony drive (which works well, but only at 1x - quite frustrating).

Thanks again for the options.
If you have 2 computers, you can use your "old" computer to burn stuff. That is what I do with my old Pentium166 (I only have a 2X burner). That is one of the reasons that makes me keep that old computer. Unless you need your CDs quickly and are "waiting" for them (which is not my case) that should do the job perfectly and will cost you a big $0
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I love my Lite-on and it came in black to match my Dell, on a side note this is what dell includes with their machines.
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Originally posted by Real Boba Fett


If you have 2 computers, you can use your "old" computer to burn stuff. That is what I do with my old Pentium166 (I only have a 2X burner). That is one of the reasons that makes me keep that old computer. Unless you need your CDs quickly and are "waiting" for them (which is not my case) that should do the job perfectly and will cost you a big $0
I'm with you there - the 1x burns perfectly every time and I can use my computer to the fullest while burning at 1x. It never crashes, never has a buffer under-run, or any other problems. It's just that 70 minutes to burn a CD that could be done in 5 seems a bit old-fashioned here on my 1.1 GHz AMD Athlon with 1 Gig of RAM, etc, etc, etc.

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