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DVD Burner - which one?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by RMCF, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. RMCF

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    Looking for a DVD burner for my PC - can anyone recommend one or two in particular or are they all very similar?
     
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    I'd choose a NEC 3500 or 3520 (I think is the new one?). I've used Pioneer, Sony, Liteon (UGH) and the NEC. The Nec has been very stable, writes quicker than the others, offers Dual Layer burning and has written to some seriously crap media too!

    The Sony, even though it offers write support to both, seems to prefer +R media, the Pioneers I've used have been fussy about which media will read after burning in other players and the Liteon has a very flimsy tray built in comparrison to the other 3 and isn't as fast as the others IMO.
     
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    just before you buy, i bought a nec 2500a and it is an excellent dvd writer cant fault it, but it doesnt support efm which you need to make personal back ups of encrypted PC games, you can get around this using an emulator, alcohol 120, Daemon, but if your wanting to make copies of your own pc games you need an efm compliant dvd writer.

    If you dont need it then it makes no difference what so ever but just thought i would mention it.
     
  4. drummerjohn

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    NEC 3500 or 3520 - you wont go wrong.
     
  5. RMCF

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    Thanks for the replies. I was thinking of going for the NEC anyway after reading some reviews of them and it sounds like a good buy. I think that DABS has a good deal on one at present. I would prefer to buy locally but the only one at a reasonable price in my local PC WORLD is an Artec.
     
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    I have an NEC2500a that is excellent
    Just received a BenQ/Philips 1620, but it didn't work properly
    the nec3520 is supposedly not very good, so I just ordered a nec3500
     
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    NEC definitely the best writer but a little below par at reading. See the review at Tom's Hardware.
     
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    Im thinking about buying one of these does anyone know where the best price is at the moment?

    LIDDERS
     
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    I have a nec 2510a which is flashed to rpc1 and burns lovely at 8 times on Bulkpaq media, which are some of the cheapest 8x dvd-r around.

    Tray feels like good quaility and is very quiet both open and close and rip or burn.

    Was tempted with the pioneer 108 as that is 16x though
     
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    I have just purchased an LG GSA-4160B which has been favourably reviewed in the computer mags. Good speed and writes cleanly at 8x on Imation disks. It reads/writes all formats including DVD RAM so should be reasonably future proof.
     
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    Pioneer 108/A08
     
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    pioneer all the way, ive always had pioneer writers and have not had one problem, my current 107 has not delivered one coaster in the 12 months ive had it, my previous a05 must have burned maybe a thousand dvd's with only a handfull of coasters. The main factor is that dvd-r media is soooo much better nowadays as opposed to when i got the first ever pioneer dvdrw , i had to wait over 6 months untill any media appeared that would work in it properly (cheap media ) . you can pick up the new dual layer pioneer 108 for 42 quid at my local pc store.
     
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    Another NEC user here (3500) - very pleased with the way it's performed so far :) Writes/reads just about everything i've ever thrown at it and pretty quickly too :smashin:

    Ebuyer are doing them for £39.94 at the moment in beige...

    K.
     
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    I have a Pioneer 108, very bad at dual-layer writing IMX, tried all firmware updates, never wrote a Traxdata and only 1 Verbatim out of 7.
     
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    Fallwood where is your local computer store as that is a fantastic price!!

    LIDDERS
     
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    NEC ND3520A. :thumbsup:
     
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    be aware the benQ 1620, nec 3500a, nec3520a, pioneer 108 are all about to be replaced by new models. These recorders all record poorly on 8x or 4x media (compered to 8x recorders) As no 16x media is available in the UK, why buy something that is out of date before it can be used.
     
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    NEC 3520 does Dual layer + & - so is the latest kit. I have one & use it with DVDFAB & NERO 6 & I can't fault it.
    Price region is £45 OEM anymore than £50 & your being robbed :nono:
     

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