Yes, I figured that. I’m definitely ok with that…
Newegg is a perfectly good place to buy and they have most of the latest models that are worth looking at.
That’s why I would find it ideal to get something from there. In fact, I feel like they aren’t just “a perfectly good place to buy” but “a more reliable place to buy” since they are really good about RMAs and such when things go wrong in my experience (and sadly things go wrong far too often with computer hardware.)
I dont really do cd burning, but with dvd, the newer liteon models seem to be about the best all around drives.
Are you sure? I haven’t heard a single good word for Lite-On since they first started making DVD burners really other than the word “cheap.” As you say though, price isn’t as big of an issue as it used to be back when a good Plextor or whatever would cost some $80 or so versus a Lite-On that could get you by ok being some $40 or so (but then while it beat out most other $40 drives at that time it still was only about half as good as the $80 drives…) I know somewhat has changed since I last picked out a burner (it has probably been some two or three years for me perhaps even) but I still haven’t really been hearing good things about Lite-On lately. I’m sure Lite-On has improved, but frankly I’m not willingly to just blindly buy one of their drives. Besides, the last time I looked at getting a DVD burner for someone (some four or five months ago so not too bad) I didn’t really have time to do any kind of post like this or anything so I just went straight to Lite-On due to lack of better ideas (especially since some like SONY were just rebranding Lite-On drives at that particular time.) But when I read reviews on several of them, quite a few were surprisingly bad sounding… I’m just not willing to blindly trust them anymore.
Samsung and lg are other good brands to look at too (and I’m sure others can make further recomendations). There isn’t really one best drive though. There are several good drives, each with there strong and weak points. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time searching through reviews, then I would just get a liteon (I haven’t heard of any newer 20x models that are bad drives).
I can’t go digging through every single review of every single drive made by every single major namebrand currently available for sale, no. That’s why I was hoping to narrow it to more than just a few namebrands, like maybe a few major models that are fairly good right now. If it could even be narrowed down just a bit though, it would be helpful as right now I’m not really any better off than before.
It might be worth looking through at least the conclusions on some of the reviews here though to see if one is more suited for your needs than another.
Yeah. In fact, the first thing I did was check the editor’s top five picks here. I see some good plusses as well as minuses that make me rather less than happy. I was hoping to find a drive that, instead of trading off quality for speed was trading speed for quality. As you said, speed sells, so this would definitely be considered a cost cutting measure and a minus so it seems to me like it’s definitely possible that one might run into such a thing.
The hard part is media. Speed sells, so just about all the media easily findable out there is 16x, and a lot of it is crap. Most of the stuff out there now is ritek or cmc and personally, I’m not that impressed with either (and you may have to reduce burn speed to 12x as the media just isn’t good enough to burn at 16x, assuming the drive has a write stratagy that will burn it a little slower well). The hunt for good media is the hard part. Your best bet would probably be made in Taiwan verbatim (avoid made in India). I really miss the 8x days as many 8x medias blow away 16x medias for burn quality.
Yes, but just because it says 16x on the box doesn’t mean it can only be burned at 16x. In truth, most media has several available profiles. My old Lite-On HAD to burn many of those that offered lower speeds at a higher speed such as 6x in many cases and in one batch even as much as 8x was required (with the resulting disc being unreadable on older drives.) I’d really rather it if I could burn them at whatever speeds they allow for and get good quality within reason with the normal curve of higher quality at lower speeds and lower quality at higher speeds. Perhaps I won’t get a 2x speed offered or something like that, but if I can at least get what the media is actually capable of without being arbitrarily limited by my burner I’ll be satisfied.
Oh, and I stay far far away from CMC Magnetics… IMO their name says it all. They know a lot about magnetics. What the heck do they know about optical media? Whenever I can, I try to go with Taiyo Yuden or, failing that, Verbatim. When I do resort to lower, it is at least a semi-decent one (for example, when I have to buy CDRs offline, I usually buy Maxell’s CD-RPro series which has always been TY dyes for me so far.) I admit I occasionally go down as low as the Riteks (which aren’t so bad though they were never close to even Verbatim, but the biggest problem is that they’ve been making a lot of theirs in Taiwan lately and the quality suffers.) Still, the quality of those I do use aren’t so bad (though I wouldn’t for even a moment count on them lasting even ten years – most of this is temporary just getting data moved around with only a few backups and such that only have to last a couple of years or so before they become too outdated to be of any use to me anyway.) Many of them even actually let me burn at 4x, and at a 4x burn speed I had no troubles whatsoever. Actually, a few of the better discs that made me burn at 6x still turned out surprisingly well. So, right now my first focus is on the burner. If I buy a burner that limits me the same way my current one does, finding media becomes a lot harder. If I get the right burner, then I only have to worry about the media and that actually shouldn’t be such a big problem since it’s just a matter of finding the right sort of timeframe and then getting a lot of whatever works.