Help Picking Drive

Sorry I didn’t post this in the correct forum before:

The last thing I need to pick out for a new computer is a nice DVD/CD Burner/Drive.

They’re pretty much all the same price on Newegg and Amazon and I don’t know what to choose. Mostly I’ve been using Verbatim and Memorex DVDs and for CDs I have a stack of HP discs (don’t know who makes those) with the computer I’m using now (who’s DVD drive I can’t use for my new one). I hear newer LG drives have problems with Memorex so I can’t buy one of those.

Some guidance would be appreciated! :slight_smile:

Look at my reply here: http://club.myce.com/f61/been-out-loop-320865/

Basically the same question.

Might want to cut back on the HP and Memorex disks though, unless they are just temp/giveaway/throwaway disks.

Just a few quick questions then: Which one is better, the Samsung or the Sony Optiarc? Would a 22X Samsung be almost the same as the 24X or are they that different? I just don’t feel like ordering from any place besides Amazon itself (not third parties) or Newegg, TigerDirect, etc. I remember hearing something about Sony having extra DRM/Copy protection type stuff on their DVD drives, but that isn’t around any more is it? Hopefully it it is quiet while watching movies, too?

About the discs, I had the cheap ones before I found out how low quality they were. I’m only buying Azo Dye Verbatims from now on. I don’t use the cheap discs for anything important these days. Besides, Verbatims are actually pretty low cost on sale. =)

Thanks for the advice.

The 22x Samsungs are not really great drives. The later firmwares helped them quite a lot, but if I had to choose between the Optiarcs and a 22x Samsung, I’d get the Optiarc 7260s or 7261s. Lightscribe capability is the only difference between those two Optiarc models.

If you heard a rumor about DRM added to the Sony drives, that is false. Sony has added some DRM functions to their PS3, especially regarding Cinavia audio watermark protections, but their computer drives do not, nor have they ever had such “additions”. All computer dvd drives do have dvd region settings, but you won’t get around that with any brand without custom firmware.

Optiarcs are not particularly quiet drives. Not as bad as most Lite-on’s I’ve heard, but it isn’t one of their greatest strengths. The quietest drive I have is an ancient BenQ, but my main drive is a Samsung SH-S203B, and it is very nearly its equal in that regard.

By the way, Geeks.com is a reasonably reputable shop. They have better ratings than TigerDirect at ResellerRatings.com
Don’t think they can match Newegg for service though.

Ah, okay. I decided to get the Sony Optiarc without Lightscribe from Newegg. Thanks for the help!

My turn…

In the process of ordering my new custom-made beastie, I have to admit I didn´t pay attention to the drive the shop is putting in, so according to the fine-print I´m getting a Samsung Blu-ray combo SH-B123L/BSBP

Any thoughts? (apart from whacking me with a frozen kipper for over-looking such a minor :doh: detail!)

Don’t know this drive at all Deano. Sorry I can’t help. mciahel knows the Samsungs pretty well…he might be able to lend some insight.

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Any thoughts? (apart from whacking me with a frozen kipper for over-looking such a minor :doh: detail!)[/QUOTE]

You rang? :slight_smile:

I dunno about the Sammy Blu-ray drives either (doh!) - have you had a look in the Sammy sub-forum to get other members’ opinions til Michael can pop in? You might find a dedicated scan thread too if you’re lucky. :wink:

/me slaps Deano with frozen kipper, as requested. :stuck_out_tongue:

As far as the original question goes…I have two 22x Sammies (one a Dell rebadge), and with the latest firmware they do what they say on the tin. Very good drives if you’re thinking of using mediocre media, but you might have to lower the burn speed a notch below the disc’s rated speed. :wink:

NEC-chipset Optiarcs are also excellent with all grades of discs (IME), so a good choice. Definitely loud though :iagree:

Its a good drive for performing BD-R/RW quality scans … I never used it to burn a DVD though :o

However, this link: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=28410 and to a certain extent this one: http://www.testfreaks.com/blog/review/review-of-samsung-sh-b123l-12x-bd-romdvd-writer/ should give you some idea about what to expect on the DVD front …

[QUOTE=cvs;2584056]Its a good drive for performing BD-R/RW quality scans … I never used it to burn a DVD though :o

However, this link: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=28410 and to a certain extent this one: http://www.testfreaks.com/blog/review/review-of-samsung-sh-b123l-12x-bd-romdvd-writer/ should give you some idea about what to expect on the DVD front …[/QUOTE]

Good reviews…thanks for that :slight_smile: