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Which external DVD writer to buy?

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by compact, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. compact

    compact Regular member

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    Hi new (obviously)

    I am looking for an external dvd writer.
    This is to be linked to my Laptop running XP.

    I want to burn movies, music and data with it.

    Would like it to be fast, transportable (i.e small but rugged for carrying around in my bag) and reliable.

    After looking around I have notice freecom seem ok.

    Can anyone make a good recommendation?

    Cheers
    Stu
     
  2. Balaam

    Balaam Regular member

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    If you want to save a bundle, buy an internal nec 3500, and buy an external enclosure that is made for dvd writable drives. You can get both from newegg for about $100, whereas you'll be spending a lot more than that if you buy an external.
     
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    compact Regular member

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    Hi Balaam

    I though about doing that, but then thought the external ones, might be stronger and better for carrying around and getting banged about in my bag..

    Are there any good dvd writer review sites?
     
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    Ok

    Thinking of either getting the:

    Samsung TS-E552U USB2.0 Dual Layer 16x DVD +/-R/RW Ext.

    or the

    Freecom Classic DVD+/-RW 16x Black USB2.0 Double Layer External

    or the


    LaCie External 16x +/- Dual Layer DVD Drive USB2 & F/wire (d2 model)


    Has anyone got any recommendations of thoughts on these??
     
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    Yeah
    I have thought about getting an enclosure and then a drive but:

    1. Don't have a preferance of drives yet
    2. Is it a rugged and rucksac proof as an external drive
    3. With a £65 case and £60 drive they come out at similar price to an external anyway..
     
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    Price. If your not going for Firewire "b" then an enclosure on the same site is a little cheaper. Once you've bought an enclosure it will be alot cheaper to upgrade, you'll only have to buy a drive, you probably won't be able to do this if you buy an external off the shelf. You can also quickly throw in an external hard drive if you choose. Its going to be as rooksac/rugged as any other external drive.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Each to their own. I've always used pioneer drives. I've used them from the AO3 through to the 108, never had any probs. Have fun.
     

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