This time I have just realized a USB 2.0 2.4x DVD+R drive could be bought for less than 200 US dollars, or 22,799 Japanese Yen. It’s the external IO DATA DVDRW-iU4.7P2 model based on the Ricoh MP5125A.
IO DATA’s internal DVDRW-AB4.7P2 2.4x DVD+R drive is for 18,780 Yen now.
The prices of Sony DRU-500A and its OEM drives are also falling.
The lowest price for 4x DVD+R drives is 22,900 Yen for IO DATA’s DVR-ABN4P based on NEC ND-1100A.
Panasonic OEM DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/CD-R/CD-RW writer for 28,780 Yen (US$240.)
Sony DRU-500A OEM Buffalo’s DVM-4222FB DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD-R/CD-RW writer for 32,499 Yen (US$270.)
NEC ND-1100A OEM IO DATA’s DVR-ABN4P DVD+R 4x/DVD+RW 2.4x/16x CD-R/10x CD-RW writer for 22,980 Yen (US$190.)[/EDIT]