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Old 12-20-05, 09:20 PM
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looking for CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives) recommendations

Looks like my CD/DVD Burner drive is getting ready to crap out (it's not reading some discs, nor will it burn)

What are the hip, happening brands/models these days? LiteOn?
I don't want to drop a bundle, if I can help it.
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Old 12-20-05, 09:24 PM
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NEC

$44 - shipped

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058
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Old 12-20-05, 10:05 PM
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LiteOn is a very good brand. I've read that some Sony's are rebadged LiteOns............ whatever that means. Mine is LiteOn, and I like it a lot. When this one dies, I'll get another LiteOn.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 12-20-05, 11:38 PM
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NEC

I've tested them against Plextor, Lite-On, and Pioneer and I prefer NEC. My overall burn quality tests show the NEC 3500 to be better than the NEC 3540 (which somewhat concerns me because the 3500 isn't available anymore) but it's still better than any of the other brand drives I've tried.
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I went with an NEC for my friend as a Christmas present a couple weeks ago.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:41 AM
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Have to vote NEC as well.
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NEC all the way.
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Old 12-21-05, 04:52 AM
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Best overall drive out there is the Benq 1640. The NECs are nice as well so I hear but can't give any personal experience because I also happen to own a 1640.

But the 1640 is now discontinued because the Benq 1650/5 are coming out very soon. Pre-production units are being tested right now and TheDigitalDolphin of RFD/CDFreaks will be posting a review in the near future.
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Old 12-21-05, 07:05 AM
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Thanks for all the advice.

Question:

What's the difference between this NEC 3550A and this 3550A ?

I know the first one is listed as IDE/ATAPI, and the second one isn't. My reason for asking is I would have preferred a beige faceplace, just for aesthetics. But I would forsake looks if it's a better drive.

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Old 12-21-05, 08:30 AM
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If you can afford it, by far the best DVD burner drives are those made by Plextor. Plextor drives tend to be pretty bulletproof and they do a good job burning DVD discs even at high burn speeds.
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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
Thanks for all the advice.

Question:

What's the difference between this NEC 3550A and this 3550A ?

I know the first one is listed as IDE/ATAPI, and the second one isn't. My reason for asking is I would have preferred a beige faceplace, just for aesthetics. But I would forsake looks if it's a better drive.

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Only dif is color, you are fine with either one
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Originally Posted by RayChuang
If you can afford it, by far the best DVD burner drives are those made by Plextor. Plextor drives tend to be pretty bulletproof and they do a good job burning DVD discs even at high burn speeds.
IMO - Plextor does make an excellent drive, but NOT WORTH WASTING THE MONEY OVER. The NEC is a much better value.
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Originally Posted by bill_n_opus
Best overall drive out there is the Benq 1640.
Isn't BenQ really ACER (with joint R&D from Philips)?

It is an OK drive, but unless the price point were way below the NEC, it wouldn't be worth it
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Old 12-21-05, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
Only dif is color, you are fine with either one
thx for the info.....
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Old 12-21-05, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by bill_n_opus
Best overall drive out there is the Benq 1640. The NECs are nice as well so I hear but can't give any personal experience because I also happen to own a 1640.
I've been wanting to test one for a while, if I could find one cheap enough, but never tried too hard because I've read multiple reports of its very bad -R performance on several different manufacturers' discs.
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
IMO - Plextor does make an excellent drive, but NOT WORTH WASTING THE MONEY OVER. The NEC is a much better value.
I get much better quality burns with my NEC 3500 than my Plextor 716. I've posted scans in here before. There might be only one brand of media that I've tried that the Plextor is better at burning.

And while the Plextor has a reputation of being a pretty good reader, I was surprised to find that discs that can't be read in the Plextor can often be read in the NEC. It's never the other way around. So I really see no reason to own a Plextor unless you need some of its advanced features. And if you don't know what those are you don't need them.

I've always been a big Plextor fan but not in their DVD drives. And I've read that the Plextor 740A is a rebadged BenQ 1640 and can be flashed to be a BenQ 1640 which makes me wonder whether Plextor has given up.

So if you really want a BenQ 1640 you can buy this in-store for around $40 after rebates and do some firmware flashing: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1118845061598
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My experience with plextor is a bit dated, but was always good.

With the NEC being so cheap, there just isn't a reason to look at anything else (unless you need some odd ball feature)
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