Optical Drive Brands

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RagnaroK, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Hi all,
    Need some opinions. I'm planning to buy a new burner and have been looking around for the right brand. Personally, Sony optical drives have served me extremely well, while Creative drives are great paper weights. :p
    What do you guys think? What brand optical drives have been serving you well? Thanks. :D

    RaG
     
  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    I can make 3 recommendations:

    Lite-on

    Lite-on

    Lite-on

    Sony is over priced, the models I had noisier, and since Sony makes and sells one of the CD copy protection schemes less backup copy friendly.

    Figure about $50 for a "whatever the current speed is (52X burn?)" Lite-on.
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Plextor if you've got the cash. Lite on is right up there for quality
     
  4. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

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    Lite-on or LG, Plex and Sony are over priced
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    *adds vote for plextor*

    *adds two votes for lite-on*

    ;)
     
  6. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Lite-on huh... haven't used Lite-on before, so I don't have any experience with them. How's their longevity?

    And how about DVD-ROMs? Do you guys suggest the same brands? Thanks!

    RaG

    P.S. Going to buy one soon, so would like some prompt answers please. Thanks.
     
  7. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Sorry to double post and nag... but I would please like some answers about the above! :)
    Thanks.

    RaG
     
  8. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I h ave a 52x24x52x LG Burner and it's great! I recommend LG. I dont have a LG DVDROM but if I ad the cash I would buy one.
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    never hear anything bad about lite-on and that's about as good of a longevity claim as you can ask for. if people aren't complaining about lite-on's busting, then they probably aren't.

    LG is decent, as well.

    not sure about dvdrom. i'm sure any dvdrom from a top quality cdrw manufacturer would be plenty good. pioneer dvdroms are decent.
     
  10. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Thank you. That's all I needed. :D

    RaG
     
  11. CoasterCowboy

    CoasterCowboy NTFS Junkie

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    Have been using both a Lite-on CDRW and Lite-on DVD-rom for 18 months without a problem.

    CC
     
  12. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    As with others, been using a Lite-On burner with no problems at all
     
  13. Daviepants

    Daviepants Guest

    Lite-on is good quality for a good price.

    I bought a SONY, and I regret it. :( It cost me $200 a few years ago, and now there are better burners out there for a quarter of the price.
     
  14. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    Plextor PlexWriter Premium. A "two sheep" burner at that. Price is excellent, right around $100.00 (USDA) +/-. Lite-on are good burners but do not outlast a Plextor.
     
  15. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Same here, though, I didn't regret it... I now just want more speed! :D

    I have heard a lot about Plextor, but it is a bit expensive for me, even though that would be my choice if I had the money. Thanks 4 the help guys!! :D
     
  16. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    It doesn't matter what brand you get as long as they're going to be in the market for a long time.
    Plextor and LiteOn makes quite good ones.
    I've had my LiteOn one for about 2 years now and it's still working perfectly.