New CDRW drive

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by scriptasylum, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Des Moines,IA
    I am looking to get a new CDRW drive soon. I have had Plextors in the past and am very satisfied with them. They did cost a little bit more than other companies' drives, but I don't mid paying extra for quality and reliability.

    I DO NOT want Pacific Digital because they feel clunky and have had a bad experience with them.

    CompUSA is the only place I can find locally that has Plextors, but we all know that their prices are a bit inflated (they want $179 for a 40/12/40 drive). So, what is an alternative hi-quality brand?
  2. Jahya

    Jahya Guest

    I bought a Memorex 52x24x52 @ compusa for $99 ($79 after mail in rebate) and imho it is top notch. Of course I went to JB Tech a day or 2 later and they had the same one for $70 as well as a Plextor 48x24x48 for $10 more.
  3. Majin

    Majin DBZ - Yes its in me!

    ive got a very nice liteon 32x25x40 cdr-rw drive it does everything i can think of havnt made a coaster yet.
  4. chris

    chris Free to Fly

    32x LiteOn here and i've had no problems at all
  5. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

    L'Ile Perrot Quebec
    Had a LiteOn for 2 years and no problems with its still running strong

    and on my new puter I have a 48x16x48 optorite and am very satisfied with that also
  6. Burpster

    Burpster Guest

    Liteon 32X works great never a coaster unless i do something moronic :)
  7. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Des Moines,IA
    Liteon seems to be a majority here. I just checked and saw the 48x24x48 for about $53. That seems a bit low priced. I believe in the phrase: You get what you pay for. But reading the posts here and the reviews at newegg, this brand seems to be pretty good. I guess for under $60, I can't really go wrong. Sure beats Plextor's price! I wonder why they charge so much when there's so much competition out there?
  8. SysProg

    SysProg OSNN Addict

    North Aurora, IL
    I have had one problem with one of three Mitsumi drives:
    - been using a 4804 for 2 years and counting :)
    - had a 4805 replaced :mad: (died after about 4 months)
    - have had no problems with a 4809 (8 months and counting) :)

    The 4804 came in an HP machine, the 4805 was purchased as an OEM for about $56 (US) and the 4809 was purchased brown-boxed (OEM but with cables and Nero 5) for about $89 (US).
  9. Liteon you get more bang for the buck for sure and they are really a highly touted brand for CDR-CDRW drives.

    I've always purchased Plextor and that is the only brand I buy regardless of money and have never had any problems with Plextor.

    You can purchase Plextor directly from Plextor instead of through resellers.

    I purchased two Plextor 48/24/48 drives and they are working fine as usual... Only took 3 business days to recieve them.
  10. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    Lite on drives are nice.

    I had nothing but trouble with Memorex, I think they are trash.

    Plextor or TDK, I would go with that. Or liteon. :)
  11. zoey

    zoey Guest

    They (Plextor) are still riding on the name of the product. Peps know it was the best out there at one time.
  12. Indomidable

    Indomidable Guest

    Why Plextor

    It's just not riding the name!!!
    Here's the Low Down!
    I bought a Plextor 401240A
    I can play/record those disks in MT Rainer Format.
    Also, you can play/record those music CD's that only work on normal new CD players.
    On another note in Clone CD I read/write faster then my dads
    48X16X48X by Light-on.
    So I don't recommend saying "Riding on the name":cool:

    Checking out your writer by using Clone CD's list wich is quit comprehensive. If your writer gets two marks in both catagories and you go to their site and people like the drive then GO for IT.

    I always recommend doing the research. If you want to do more then copying/recording most music. I'd have to recommend Plextor, or any drive that get's 2 marks in both catagories on elby's CloneCD site!
  13. djwhite

    djwhite OSNN Senior Addict

    I've got a 32x lite-on, had no problems with it at all. I recommend to all my friends that they buy lite-on and they did, no problems from any of them either.
  14. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Des Moines,IA
    Thanks everyone for their input. It looks like I'll be switching to Lite-on despite my leanings toward Plextor. The price difference for the performance is just too great to ignore. Even if Plextor does perform a bit better at the same speed, it will still be better than I have.

    Looks like I'll be going for the Lite-on 52246S (52x 24x 52x) at Newegg for $60.

    Thanks again! Not only is this forum helpful, it's also a buyer's guide! :happy:
  15. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Des Moines,IA
    I got my shipment in from Newegg the other day and am quite satisfied with the LiteOn 52/24/52 burner. It doesn't feel cheap and is not "clunky" some other drives I've used. It is substantially faster than my old 12/10/32 Plextor drive too.

    I am really happy with just about everything else I got as well. The new Corsair XMS memory (the matched low latency pair BTW) added quite a bit of zippyness to the system now. I can score 1500 points higher on 3dmark (I know it's not a great judge of performance, but I was looking at the score relative to my previous score). The SLK800 HS and YSTech fan works much better than my old Volcano7+ and is MUCH quieter.

    Although, I am NOT too happy with my WD 120G drive. I booted up yesterday and the BIOS no longer detects it. And I've tried all tricks I can think of (repl cables, checking power, changing IDE ports, changing master/slave settings, even trying a different IDE controller). I specifically got it for its speed (the 8MB cache version) and it didn't even perform as good as my older Maxtor 80G drive. The part that really sucks is that I was using it as my backup & images drive and had just finished setting it all up about 4 days ago. :mad: