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Old 02-18-03, 03:26 PM
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My older $300 TDK cd rewriter vs. these new fast <$80 drives?

So, I was looking through the local newpaper ads and see the latest cd burners are 52X24X52 and are costing as low as $50. I bought my TDK from Best Buy a couple years back for just over $300 (12X write X 10X rewrite X 32 Data read X 24 Audio Cd Rip)

Just wondering how these new cd burners are about 6 times as less in price, but also about twice as fast? Is it because they were pretty new to the market back then and the one I picked up was higher end?

Are these $50 cd burners junk? If so, which brands should I look into? I have a lot of cd's I need to upload to my hard drive to cram onto cd-r's as MP3's. I can't imagine the amount of time I can save by just upgrading to a faster burner.

Thanks for any input on this.

My PC is a Compaq Presario 7360
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haha, same here i remember i dug out $258.68 (WITH DISCOUNT) on my plextor 12/10/32

go with plextor. they're reliable
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Wow. very timely thread.
I just replaced my teac 12x10x32x last night with a new
"mad dog" 48/12/48 that cost $29.95 after rebate (like that rebate will ever show...)

I justified this expenditure on a cheap drive by admitting to myself that I really wanted the Sony DVD+/-r +/-RW drive but couldn't afford it. It is a matter of time before I get something in the DVD burning arena and I didn't want to spend the addtional money on a plextor or other high end drive when the item has a limited lifespan.

So, I did some test burns and after creating a couple of coasters, I got it all setup properly and boy is it fast.

I made a straight data CD and it took just over 3 minutes.

The one thing that I really wanted but couldn't find, in stock, at BB or CompUSA was an 8MB buffer.

I will live with this drive til it is time to burn DVDs.
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Like everything else related to computers, it gets better, faster and cheaper at an amazing rate. I paid 200+ a couple of years ago for a plextor 8/4/32
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Originally posted by Dave99
Like everything else related to computers, it gets better, faster and cheaper at an amazing rate. I paid 200+ a couple of years ago for a plextor 8/4/32
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I paid $200 a couple years ago for my TDK 16x10x40.

It seems that Lite-On is the best manufacturer of the cheap drives. They make drives for many OEMs.
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I paid $500 for a 1x HP when it was first available to me at a local Futureshop (now Best Buy.) It lasted me about 3 years. I just bought a Yamaha 44x with Disc Tattoo for $100 at the same store. Seems they have gotten kinda popular over the years lol.
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yeah...old cd-rw's cost a lot, but newer ones are so much cheaper and better. same goes for most computer products.
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I remeber when I first got my PC in highschool
hard drives were about $1/MB
now it's $1/GB
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A couple-three weeks ago I bought one of those 44x24x44 Yamaha [email protected] drives. If I had had the chance to do it over, I'd have bought a faster (48 or 52) drive for less money-- the "tatoos" only show up on dark blue disks, and then it doesn't stand out that much.

Having said that, it burns a full-length 700 MB disk in around 3:10, so it's still a decent upgrade over my 16x drive and a massive one over my original 2x drive. (My 2x drive cost around $450, and the SCSI adapter-- since there were no IDE burners at the time-- was around $200, so I shelled out about $650. Blanks were $10-$12 each at the time).
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I paid $700 CDN at FutureShop for a HP 4x/2x/24x CDRW when it first came out in 98. I actually had to put it on a payment plan.

Then I got a 24x Cendyne for $40 after rebate. I sold that for $40 and got me a 32x Cendyne for $30 after rebate. Thinking of getting the 48x or the 52x but what's the point really.
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the 52x burners are now down to $10 after mir at staples.

they have 4x dvd burners for $150! gotta love technology!
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picked up a Yamaha 4X burner for $1100 back in '95
picked up a Plextor 12/10/32 for $200 back in '00
picked up a Pioneer A04 2xDVDR AND 8x CDR/4xCDRW for $350 in '02

all i have to say is that if u can pay for it get it, it's like DVDs rereleases. upgrade upgrade upgrade
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I would recommend the LiteOn burner which is extremely reliable. I bought my 32x12x40 for $100 and now the 52x costs about $90
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yep.. those new cd burners seem to actually sell for 10-20 dollars each after rebates.. if you keep your eye on sites like techbargains.com and bensbargains.net
and nope.. for the most part, they arent junk
most of these deals are on 48 or 52x burners with burn proof technology of some kind.. so basically as good as anything you can buy

Ive always been a plextor guy.. but any of these 'cheap' burners are probably just barely a step lower.. especially keeping in mind that most of these are just rebadged burners (the cendyne that officemax was selling for 10$ after rebate was a rebadged lite-on drive)
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Originally posted by Darren Garrison
A couple-three weeks ago I bought one of those 44x24x44 Yamaha [email protected] drives. If I had had the chance to do it over, I'd have bought a faster (48 or 52) drive for less money-- the "tatoos" only show up on dark blue disks, and then it doesn't stand out that much.

Ya, the tattoos are more of a novelty thing. I bought 4 spindles of cds before I found the best ones (Verbatim Super Metal Azo.) Luckily 50 discs only costs about 19 dollars now as opposed to 100 bucks when I got my first.

For a hundred bucks though, you can't beat it. It's a nice burner, and the feature is a nifty thing to show your friends, even if it doesn't really have that much relevance.

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