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DVD +/- RW Drives at Newegg.com

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by treezy, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. treezy

    treezy Regular member

    Oct 17, 2005
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    Hi all AD members,
    It has been a very long time since ive posted something here (maybe a year) I am going to build another PC for myself very soon but since ive been gone for so long i have no clue which drives are good anymore. im going to need some help from Ad members on this. The obvious choices are BenQ and Plextor but they are no more now. How SAD :(
    now im stuck with lite-on, Sony/NEC, Pioneer, LG, and Samsung.
    Here are a few I found on Newegg :

    I picked these mainly because of the reviews they got and i think one of the sony's on there won a award.

    so.. if you could tell me which ones i should consider and which ones i should stay away from. or if you have any of your own suggestions that would be great too.

    Thank you
    any help would be appreciated.
  2. saugmon

    saugmon Senior member

    Oct 9, 2004
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    There's still some awesome benqs and plextor drives at Ebay,but be careful.

    All those drives in your links are 18x and dvd-ram. On some models of burners,reliability went down after they added dvd-ram on them-example: Benq 1670,which has a different chipset than the older 1620,1640,1650,and 1655 with the philips chip sets.I wouldn't even touch a Benq 1670A.

    I'd get the Litey,which should have bitsetting capability to booktype-making your backups have a higher stand alone player compatability rate using plus format media.
  3. Dunker

    Dunker Regular member

    May 8, 2006
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    Apparently even the mighty NECs went down in quality too, from what I've heard. Pioneer makes a great drive though, but I'm not aware of a bitsetting firmware that's available for it. Lite-Ons have long seemed to be the subject of a disproportionate amount of complaints, especially in the reliability department, but they do bitset right out of the box. LG's suck based on my experience and others, and Samsungs aren't much better though they appear to have improved a little lately.
  4. treezy

    treezy Regular member

    Oct 17, 2005
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    Thanks for the advice people.
    but from what ive read here on AD .
    Liteys seem to be the better choice. they have gone up a whole lot in popularity.
    Ive owned some litey's in the past i remember having trouble burning with Alcohol 120%. im not sure if that still happens with the newer ones. i hope not .
    Although, i will consider checking out some Pioneers ( i think there's a 112 for $40 on newegg. but that sucks that they dont booktype (without having to flash it). I'm also going to have to go on Ebay to find some BenQ's hopefully i can find a good seller. (you know how that goes.)
    I did find a Plextor 760 for $99 + shipping on Newegg.com. I think thats when they switched back to using the Sanyo chipest i know for a while they were using Teac chipset and a whole lot of people were Pissed. not sure what the model numbers were.

  5. orion6192

    orion6192 Member

    Oct 16, 2006
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    I bought the LH-20A1H-186 from Newegg for $38.99 (it's now $37.99). My Plextor PX-708A was starting to cause jitters in the burns so I swapped it for this one. It's actually pretty sweet. The lightscribe feature if pretty cool too. I've burned a few movies at 16X just to see what would happen and not one jitter or skip using Ridata / Ritech media from Newegg. I also sis a Verbatim Lightscribe and it was flawless also at 16X.

    litey @ newegg

    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology - Retail

    Brand LITE-ON
    Type DVD Burner
    Model LH-20A1H-186
    DVD-ROM Access Time 160ms
    CD-ROM Access Time 160ms
    WRITE Speed
    DVD+R 20X
    DVD+RW 8X
    DVD-R 20X
    DVD-RW 6X
    CD-R 48X
    CD-RW 32X
    DVD+R DL 8X
    DVD-R DL 8X
    DVD-RAM 12X
    READ Speed
    DVD-ROM 16X
    CD-ROM 48X
    Physical Spec
    LightScribe Support Yes
    Form Factor 5"
    Panel Color Black
    Load Type Tray
    Interface IDE
    Operating Systems Supported Windows 98/ ME/ 2000/ XP
    Software Contents Nero
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2007

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