NEC ND-3520A $53.99@Newegg

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#2

Thanks for the info! That’s thrilling. Almost 10 dollars cheaper than GSA-4163B OEM.


#3

Me think Newegg clears inventory and we see new generation ND-35xx shortly.

Actually the beige is only $52.99 shipped :slight_smile:


#4

Goudo, In case you missed it, here are the timeline and specs on the next NEC series.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=131229


#5

I just ordered one of these in black. Somewhere around here I read that black had less “jitter” or something than the beige ones??

It happens I had all beige drives until I bought a Lite-On CDR which I also happened to get from NewEGG.

Any confirmation on black vs. beige? My drives are all behind a door so appearance matters now at some of them come with different face plates anyway?

Lew


#6

You gotta be kidding me. How does the color affect the jitter in anyway. It’s all cosmetics. The drives are exactly the same. :wink:


#7

I recall reading something as well about black drive material having a different resonance or harmonic or some such thing. Might be true, might not. It had to do with the tray.


#8

Yo chas0039-

That has got to be one of those Urban Legends that you hear occasionally (usually in some e-mail)-

I have heard a similar thing about the 3500 some time ago - in here - but it is pretty hard to believe-

Mike


#9

Still that fallacy seems to attract consumers no matter what. :wink:


#10

According to the description of the 1620Pro, “Black-colored tray minimize jitters to enhance writing quality.” http://www.benq.us/Products/DVDRewriter/index.cfm?product=528
Plextor says the same thing - http://www.plextor.com/english/products/pdfs/PX-716SADS.pdf


#11

Is that just bullocks?


#12

No, it is not. The proper term is “marketing bullshit”.


#13

At the very best, a black tray MIGHT help. A black faceplate has no effect. Period.


#14

Or, if you want a two-year warranty, you could buy a Mad Dog 16XDVD9A2, which is the same as an NEC ND-3520A. :slight_smile: I found what I think is a nice one on eBay. I believe the auction has two days to run and the current bid is $39–can’t remember the shipping, though. You can find it here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5180857938&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Info from the seller is as follows:

This was new two weeks ago. I’ve used it and it works great. Then my wife bought me a SONY DVD-R for my birthday so I decided to go with the nicer one of the two. Unfortunately COMPUSA won’t take it back unless I can find the receipt. So yes it is new…slightly used. (I’ve burned about 5 CDs in the last couple of weeks) The model # is MD-16XDVD9A2. This is an original product from MADDOG. I have it in it’s original box and everything that came with it. (manuals, cable, screws, and a great NERO burning package) It has a black bezel. Date of manufacture is Jan 2005. I checked into the warranty transfer and that is no problem.

Had it been the NEC ND-3500A equivalent, I would have bid on it, but I am admittedly an eBay “junkie.” :slight_smile:

Scarlett


#15

Hilarious. The stupid idiot ditched a rebadged NEC for an overpriced rebadged Lite-On burner. Anyways the auction still has almost 3 days left. You can’t get a real idea of the price until the last hour. That and the drive is currently $49, not $39. People make the nasty habit of not calculating shipping costs when bidding on items on ebay. What seems like a good deal when you are bidding can turn into a crappy deal when you factor in shipping costs. Not to mention a number of ebay sellers rape you on shipping charges. $10 is pretty reasonable for a retail DVD Burner though. :wink:


#16

Well, you are right about the $10 shipping, but the bid price is still $39, so right now the total price would be $49, with one bid and 2 days + 4 hrs. to go. And there is also the 2-year warranty to take into account, and the fact that bitsetting is already enabled without the need to flash the firmware. Those were two attractive features for me, but I wanted a 3500A. You are also correct that you never know what the final bid will be until the last hour–or even the last minutes! But if someone wants an NEC 3520, I think it’s a good auction to watch.

Don’t be too hard on him about selling the NEC burner and keeping the Sony. It was his wife who bought him the Sony, and before I found this great forum, I intended to buy a Sony also! It didn’t take long for me to change my mind after getting so much excellent information and advice here. :slight_smile:

Are all of the Sony’s just rebadged Lite-On’s? How do you guys determine who the actual manufacturer is? I would never have guessed that a Mad Dog burner is an NEC in disguise. I read elsewhere that not all Mad Dog drives, e.g., their DVD-ROM’s, are NEC’s, but rather Artec, et al. How about the Mad Dog 8X Dominator? I haven’t seen much comment about TDK burners, although I understand that they also are rebadged NEC’s. Wes Novack wrote an excellent review on the Mad Dog 16XDVD9 model, and I think I would be extremely comfortable with that drive–if I could find it! :slight_smile:

Thanks again for all the great help!

Scarlett


#17

All of the Sony burners since about the 530A model are rebadged Lite-Ons. You can tell simply by popping the drive into your PC. Usually Windows will auto-detect the burner for what it really is when you first hook up the burner and fire up your PC. Case and Point, I had a 4x Cendyne burner. As soon as I plugged it into my PC and fired it up, Windows auto-detected it as the Pioneer 105. You can also use tools like www.dvdinfopro.com to tell you the actual burner and firmware revision of your drive. TDK burners, at least for a while, were rebadged NECs as well. Not sure about what they currently are though.


#18

RETAIL Sony DRU-720A black bezel.


#19

The drive is now currently $52 with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=27-152-035&DEPA=0


#20

That’s the deal I got with my 3500 AG back in january. I could have bought somewhere else and had a rebate but I hate waiting for rebates so I took the newegg.com offer. This was the 2nd drive I have bought from them and they are a first rate company.

I don’t know about the jitter thing, but sounds like a joke to me. I have a black one because I have a black Dell. Looks like I just lucked out. LOL.