CD Burner Info

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by WiredBrain, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain Guest

    I'm considering buying a cd burner with USD 45.

    1. With that small budget, can I get a good and affordable cd burner ?

    2. Can you recommend a few reliable model ?
    [I prefer one from LiteOn]

    3. Any tips or info I need to know when shopping for it.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Adrenalize

    Adrenalize Tired Zombie

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    I have A Pacific Digital 52x24x52 that works perfect.
    payed only 30$ for at staples after rebates.
    works flawlessly
     
  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Yeah!!! LiteOn drives are da best!! :cool:
    Not sure about prices in the US, but you can get an internal CDRW (48x24x48) for about the equivalent to $50 in the UK.


    EDIT: forgot to mention that i saw that price around 3 months ago.
     
  4. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    a liteon 52x38x52 cost £~35 which is nearly $60 :(


    the 48X24X48 is within your price range though :cool:
     
  5. CoasterCowboy

    CoasterCowboy NTFS Junkie

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    www.ebuyer.com US website is showing a Liteon LTR-52246S 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive Beige (Retail Box) for $34.48.

    CC
     
  6. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    it's unavailable @ mo though;)
     
  7. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    i got an Asus 52x CD-RW drive for like 50$ USD at a local computer show. i love it.
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    Lite On 52x32x52 Retail, $39.99 USD

    just about the best burner you can get, at least for the money. you can shave $2 off and get the OEM for $38, if you like.
     
  9. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Check for the venerable Lite-on at New-egg
     
  10. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain Guest

    I think I'll settle for that but

    1. What's the difference between writing and rewriting ?
    2. Does it come with any software ?
     
  11. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain Guest

    Another thing, what's the latest model/fastest speed ? Just want to make some comparison.
     
  12. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    1) writing is the normal burning that you do with a cd-r. RE-writing involves a slighty more expensive cd-rw disc which can be written to and erased over and over again. the rewrite speed is the max speed that can be written to a cd-rw disc. but keep in mind cd-rw discs that are 32x compatible are quite rare. even 24x discs are hard to find, as far as i know. so your rewrite speed is likely going to be limited by the disc itself.

    2) you can look at those items at newegg.com and see what comes with it. both the retail and oem come with nero express. the retail comes with one cd-r and one cd-rw disc.

    and 52x32x52x is the fastest i've seen from anyone.
     
  13. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain Guest

    I'm more to LiteOn but is it the most reliable ?
     
  14. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Most recommmended brands for CDRW are LiteOn and Plextor as far as I know.
     
  15. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    52.32.52 is probably the fastest they will come out with for a LONG time, if not ever. mostly due to the fact that when a cd spins fast enough it will actually break inside the drive causing some serious damage. I believe that even the newer 52x drives have a feature that slows down the CD as it's spinning every once in a while. Their main concern now is probably boosting the speed of DVD writers and re-writers.
     
  16. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    I've had nothing but good experiences with Lite-On for the last three years (none of my drives have broken), but ask some other people about theirs and see what they think.
     
  17. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain Guest

    What's the difference(s) between the retail and OEM ?
    Since this will be the first time I'm installing a cd writer myself, will it be too difficult ?
     
  18. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Retail usually comes in a box, has a longer warranty, has screws and hard drive cables included, and Nero Burning Rom (if it's a Lite-On, anyway). It's not difficult to install. All you have to do is plug in the power cable, drive cable, and make sure the master/slave/cable select jumper is where you want it.

    The boxed version usually doesn't cost much more than the OEM, and you actually end up saving money and time buying boxed if you don't already own the cables/screws.
     
  19. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    that's the only difference between between retail and oem; the cd-r and cd-rw discs. they both come with software and neither comes with screws or extra hardware. i'm pretty sure the warranty is the same on both, too.
     
  20. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Wow.. you got conned when you bought your CDRW mate.
    I got screws with mine! :rolleyes: