Maxell (RICOHJPNR03) - Worth it?

I saw a few in the media test forum and they look decent. They are pretty cheap but cheap is not always good we know. My obvious x-mas shopping choice would be a phat box of Verbatim 16x +R but am tempted to buy some Maxell as well. Would it be a waste of money. I tried the Ridisc RICOHJPNR03. Scans very awful but discs were ok for a movie anyway.
Verbatim is … bugger… Out of stock (again)
http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=249
Maxell is
http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=2004

:slight_smile:

here’s some Verbatim, hopefully the same as your out of stock link, ok 50p dearer

http://www.aprmedia.com/product.php?pid=2085

Ricoh JPN R03 can vary very strong between different brands. In my experience the Maxell JPN R03 are ok, average media. But I would look for the original Ricoh Ultraspeed 16x DVD+R. They are clear the best JPN R03, lower PIE than the Maxells. But when the price is good, nothing to say against the Maxells.

I wouldn’t trust Maxell for quality media.

No.
If you really want to buy any Ricoh-coded media, you should directly go Ricoh. The price difference often is small.

I bought a 25-spindle a few weeks back, purely to see if the MID was RICOHJPN R03 (it was).

Not bad burns, but I think at the moment I’d only use them for “everyday use”. If they’re still kicking in a year’s time, I’ll be satisfied. :wink:

I have used both Ricoh and Maxell RICOHJPN R03 .If i can distinguish burner/firmware issues and media issues correctly then there is a big difference in quality.See for yourself.

Ricoh@16x with Nec 4570 1.z2

Ricoh @12x with 1.z1

Maxell @12x with 1.z1

My Maxell RICOHJPN R03’s are very good, but buy the original Ricoh R03’s if you want the best.