It will be difficult to get a designer enclosure for that budget. All the ones I found for that budget did look like a brick.
What sort of price do they go for. And what is a good one that does look like a brick?
Will the 3500 work at its potential in an external enlosure anyway?
ie, is firewire fastenough for 16x burns?
I put a 8x drive in a firewire enclosure ands it took 2 minutes longer to write discs compared with when it was installed as an internal drive
From the NEC site, the max speed for DVD write at 16x is 22MB/s.
From a review of a Bytecc enclosure here:
Using SISoftware Sandra hd benchmark and 32gb FAT32 partition, got 16,333 kB/s using USB 2.0 and 25,073 kB/s using Firewire.
So it seems it should work. 25 > 22!
This is slower than expected though, as USB 2 is supposed to be 60MB/s and Firewire 50MB/s!
And besides, Memeorex and other’s are coming out with their own 16x external burners. So why would they come out with them if it would be the same speed as their 8x burners?
Anyway, is there at all the possibilty of plugging it into BOTH USB and Firewire at the same time to get a total of about 41MB/s? I knwo it’s a strange thing to do, but it would be wonderful if it worked!
I have been looking at the one mentioned above and this Speeze one.
They both look like bricks, but the firts one looks a bit better. But the second one seems sturdier from the reviews.
EDIT: There’s also this one. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s made of alluminium and looks much better than the rest! Only problem is it seems to be quite noisy, which I don’t really like.
One more thing: Is it possible to get a converter from 6-pin to 4-pin Firewire? The Bytecc comes with a 6-pin to 6-pin cable, but my laptop has a 4-pin port.