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Old 07-22-03, 04:56 PM
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Opinions wanted: Optorite DD0203 DVD+/-RW drive for $165

I can purchase the Optorite DD0203 dual DVD±RW recorder for $165 w/ free shipping....it got a decent review at CDRinfo (http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Arti...%B1RW&Series=0).

4X Max. DVD+R and -R Write
2.4X Max. DVD+RW Rewrite
2X Max. DVD-RW Rewrite
12X Max. DVD-ROM Reading
24X Max. CD-R Write, 10X Max. CD-RW Rewrite and 40X Max. CD-ROM Reading

Any thoughts or opinions on this for someone who is a newbie to DVD recording? I'm basically looking to create DVDs for home videos and personal photographs.

Also, I have a 500MHz Windows XP, 256MB RAM PC...is this good enough? I know that faster would be better but again, based on what I need it for...

Thanks in advance!!!
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I saw that thread too. Sounds like a good price but I don't know anything about the quality of the drive.
Old 07-22-03, 08:16 PM
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I figured for the price, it sounds like a deal. The review at CDRinfo seemed to imply that it was a bargain, especially as they compared it to the SONY and Panasonic drives. Apparently DVDXCopy doesn't either yet support the drive or didn't in previous releases. That was a review I read someplace. However, correct me if I'm wrong....DVDXCopy is not needed for me to make DVDs from a camcorder or my own scanned photos, right?
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Right.
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of course.. if your not concerned about the +r
you can get the pioneer -r for the same price, or slightly cheaper
Old 07-23-03, 11:21 AM
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Originally posted by twikoff
of course.. if your not concerned about the +r
you can get the pioneer -r for the same price, or slightly cheaper
The only reason I was considering a + and - r drive was so that I can make sure that the end result DVD can be played on whatever standalone player that we have or we give the discs to our parents, etc. Does that make sense or is that not neccessarity the case? Thanks.
Old 07-23-03, 03:28 PM
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Perhaps you might consider getting the NEC ND-1300A DVD±RW drive for about $170. I'm not any more familiar with it than the Optorite drive but at least the drive would come from a better known (if not, more reputable) manufacturer.
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Originally posted by toq
Perhaps you might consider getting the NEC ND-1300A DVD±RW drive for about $170. I'm not any more familiar with it than the Optorite drive but at least the drive would come from a better known (if not, more reputable) manufacturer.
I did see the NEC and the only reason I didn't go after that was becasue of the 2MB buffer vs. the 8MB on this one. I didn't know if that made a huge difference or not, but it was about the only distinguishing factor.
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Which is a better drive to go with a DVD -R or a DVD +r
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Originally posted by ydkjman
Which is a better drive to go with a DVD -R or a DVD +r
Wait, did you just miss the point of this whole thread and it's title? $165 for a dual format DVD writer with 8MB of cache and HD-CD capability. It's a steal.

And yes, I have this drive, along w/ a NEC ND-1100A. Both are good drives, but that's 'cause I pair it w/ good software like Nero 5.5.10.42. Don't blame the drive just 'cause you use the crappy bundled software people... ie, Sony and its $400 writers.

BTW, CDRInfo is hosted by a bunch of crooks. For real feedback on this drive, check out this thread @ CDRLabs.

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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
Wait, did you just miss the point of this whole thread and it's title? $165 for a dual format DVD writer with 8MB of cache and HD-CD capability. It's a steal.

And yes, I have this drive, along w/ a NEC ND-1100A. Both are good drives, but that's 'cause I pair it w/ good software like Nero 5.5.10.42. Don't blame the drive just 'cause you use the crappy bundled software people... ie, Sony and its $400 writers.

BTW, CDRInfo is hosted by a bunch of crooks. For real feedback on this drive, check out this thread @ CDRLabs.
Thanks FuzzyBallz I got the point of the thread and title but since he never posted a link to the deal I am wondering if it is still a deal ? If so where is a link that I could find it for $165 ?
If not then what would be the next best thing to go for a -R or a +R ?
Old 07-31-03, 07:17 AM
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Here's the link: http://www.pcsupplysource.com/itemde...D0203&cc=&tpc=

Use code "PC030809"... to get it down to $159.50

Another place that has it for $162: http://www.accupc.com/itemDetail.jsp?pid=DROPDD0203

Free shipping for both....I just ordered the PCSupplysource one, so I'll let you all know what happens!

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Thanks I think I will be buying one of these as well
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ydkjman,
if you get this, make sure to upgrade the firmware on the drive once you get it. Almost every review I've read has been overall good but mentions to upgrade the firmware from http://www.optorite.com/support.htm (go to "firmware" and then down to the "Windows" section). Also, a few people mentioned updates to their Nero, DVDXCopy, and other software as well.

I found the reviews at PCWorld helpful as well:
http://pcworld.pricegrabber.com/rati...f3864aa942ab33
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Thanks ngp I will do that.
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I think for $10 to $20 more, I'd rather buy a brand I have heard of.

You're right, Fuzzy. It's a steal. But who's getting the goods? The consumer, paying only slightly less than a fantastic, comparable unit... or the company, selling $hi% for $160?


You can buy the NEC for $169 shipped at NewEgg.
You can buy the Pioneer for $171 and $172 shipped.
You can buy a different NEC for $175 shipped.

Of all the DVD writers at NewEgg priced between $165 and $185, the only DVD writer to have an average user review rating less than 4-stars is the Opteron... and it got 1-star with the following review.

"On paper this drive looks awesome, but in reality it was a nightmare from day one. The drive does NOT recognize ANY blank media, including the blank DVD+R it came with. The drive is not compatible with my burning software (Nero 5, DVD X Copy Xpress, and Clone DVD). The drive refuses to allow its firmware to be flash upgraded despite following instructions from Optorite's website. The eject button sometimes gets jammed and won't allow it to be pressed. Lastly the tray is beige and doesn't match the black faceplate (a minor nuisance to me). I'm sending it back to Newegg immediately. They still rock but this drive doesn't!!! "

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Old 07-31-03, 09:14 PM
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Originally posted by Wolf Husky
I think for $10 to $20 more, I'd rather buy a brand I have heard of.
Apparently, this is a Sanyo OEM Drive. As for the review that you found, I did see that but by the same token, every drive has a similar review for every few good ones.
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Quite a few people over at the fatwallet.com hot deals forum have stated it has been a very good drive.

The price is certainly good and it makes no since to buy a single type drive if you can get the dual format for the same price. You'll wish you had the flexiblity sooner or later.
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Originally posted by ngp
Here's the link: http://www.pcsupplysource.com/itemde...D0203&cc=&tpc=

Use code "PC030809"... to get it down to $159.50

Another place that has it for $162: http://www.accupc.com/itemDetail.jsp?pid=DROPDD0203

Free shipping for both....I just ordered the PCSupplysource one, so I'll let you all know what happens!
You haven't gotten this yet have you ngp ? How did they ship it do you know ?
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Ydkjman,
Its being shipped via FedEx (they email me a tracking number). FedEx's site says that I should receive it around August 7th.

My only concern now is if my lowly 500MHz Windows XP, 256MB RAM PC will up to the task. I'm sure it'll be fine as most of my burning will be pictures (slideshow) of my neice and nephew for their parents and grandparents, wedding stuff, etc. No real rendering involved. It is tempting however to get in on some of those Dell deals for a new PC though!
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Hopefully your closer to the East coast than I am and you would be getting it sooner than me. I placed my order last night and can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the great deal.
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ngp any word yet on if you got this yet ?

Also does any one know if the -R or the +R media works better than the other with this drive ?
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Just got the drive yestday but haven't had a chance to install it yet. Probably will do that over the weekend.
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I think I was on Amazon when I saw an editorial review about this drive... it basically said it doesn't record or play on many different brands of media. The reviewer said it only made use of about 1 in 10 brands of media.

Ah, actually, I think I was on www.vcdhelper.com. I don't remember. Anyway, good luck with it. I read the review after my previous post. I meant to come back to this thread and mention it but got caught up building a new computer.

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