16x DVD burners may drop to US$35 by the 4Q

Jimmy Hsu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DigiTimes.com [Tuesday 9 August 2005]

With Pioneer and NEC soon expected to release OEM orders for 16x DVD burners, the intense competition among Taiwan and South Korean makers is likely to cause OEM prices to drop from US$45-50 currently to as low as US$35 in the fourth quarter of this year, according to industry experts.

Taiwan-based firms expected to compete for the orders include Lite-On IT, BenQ and Asustek Computer, while the South Korean firms competing for the orders will be HLDS (Hitachi-LG Data Storage) and TSST (Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology), the experts stated.

Some much for needing to buy a dvd-rom!!! :slight_smile:

We wll see if that will happen or not…

They just had the BenQ 1640 for $40.99 the other day. That’s when I ordered it.

I’m not sure the extra $5-$10 is gonna be something most people will fret over though. Heck, I remember when these burners were several hundred dollars. I’m totally stoked they even got under $50!

I just got a Liteon ROM drive for $20. Looks like the pressure on the writers is flowing downhill. Thanks for the heads up; I have heard this mentioned before last Spring. I will definitely hold off on the NEC 4550 untill I see the price fall.