3520AW Vs 3500AG

vbimport

#1

I’ve got both of these drives and I’m wondering which do people consider the best, as I’ll be selling one. I think I’ve noticed the 3520A is a little nosier when playing back DVDs, but in general, which one is less picky with media and a more reliable drive, etc?

Cheers (1st post :p)


#2

The 3500 is said to produce higher quality burns, however, keep in mind that burn quality varies greatly with different media. The 3520 on the other hand can do PI/PIF scanning, that’s something the 3500 can’t do (…yet, it is expected that this feature will be added to the 3500 in the near future).

I doubt if much can be said about the reliability of both drives. Some people did 500+ burns with their drive without any decrease in performance, others had drives that were dead only a few weeks after they purchased it. It is a matter of personal experience. I for example will never buy Philips again, but there are plenty of people that enjoy owning one of their drives.

At the moment I’m considering buying a new drive and still haven’t chosen between the 3500, 3520 and the 3540 yet (I’m also considering a Benq). But if I were to buy a new one right now, it would be a 3520, since it can produce good burns and it can do PI/PIF scanning.


#3

I’ll have a 3520 on Tuesday and will be posting scans (see my sig.) that night if you want to compare media I use.


#4

Sell the 3500. :slight_smile:


#5

Our writer just died (good old pioneer 106d) and we are considering to buy one of these writers.I know 3520A is newer tech but from what I read some users have problems with 3520A when used with cheaper media.(we cant find quality brands here everyday , we try to use verbatim but they arent sold that much around here)

Is that true and which one would the experts here recommend me to buy next ?

I need immediate answer because we backup our daily data to dvd 's and this is important to us.

EDIT by Dee-27 merged with existing thread


#6

IMO the ND-3500 is still the best drive of the two.


#7

So read around the forum you may be amazed at what you find.


#8

Why are you selling one?
I would think that you wouldn’t be getting that much money for a used drive since a new 3520 can be bought at Newegg for $50.99.

If it were me I would keep both. I don’t have either machine, but from what I’ve read in the forum, it appears that the 3500 has a cult-like following.


#9

I got my 3520 and ran the tests see here for a summary.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=136629


#10

You’ll have to pry my 3500 from my cold dead fingers…or at least until something better comes along, and from what I’ve read, the 3520 ain’t it.


#11

No question about it, NEC 3500 with L/D mod f/w is the best or among the best DVD writer as far as quality of burning concern. I would stick with 3500 unless some significantly proven better.


#12

Agree too !


#13

Yo-

I just love both my 3500’s and wouldn’t give them up for anything else currently out there-

I got a POS BenQ 1620 Pro from Newegg - what a piece of donky $hit it turned out to be - thank goodness it was only $50 - but still - oh well-

Mike