Newbie looking for guidance on buying a NEC burner

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#1

Hello everyone, first I must say I have spent HOURS lurking through all the info here. I have to say wow :eek: this is a GREAT board with so much info !!! :bow: to all the posters.

I want to buy my husband an external dvd burner for his birthday. From what I’ve read, NEC seems to be a good choice.

I’m wondering what is the difference between the ND3500A and ND3520A? Is one better than the other? (I apologize if this is answered elsewhere but I could not find it!)

Also, has anyone purchased a burner on ebay? I’m an ebay junkie - always looking for a bargin! Just wondering if it’s a bad idea or what… :bigsmile:


#2

yes the nec is a very good burner you probebly wount find a 3500 but the 3520 is also very good.
i personaly wouldn`t both with fleabay you can get a nec3520 at my local pc shop for £40 so its not worth the hassel useing ebay.


#3

or wait for the 3540!with this new drive that will be in stores at the end of March you get a very fast 8x Speed on DVD+RDL!


#4

Maybe his birthday is sooner than the 3540 will be released…


#5

In other words KONSOLEN how do you know that the 3540 will be in stores at the end of March ?

We are also curious :bow:

Harry


#6

If you walk into your local OfficeMax and look for the Mad Dog MD-16XDVD9 you will get an NEC 3500. If it’s the Mad Dog MD-16XDVD9A2 it will be an NEC 3520.
My local OM had about 10 of the MD-16XDVD9’s on their shelf today.


#7

Micro Center also carry the Mad Dog/NEC 3500.


#8

Just to clarify, the models you are looking for would have an “-EXT” on the end, to signify an external drive. I’m assuming the numbers pchilson indicated would be the same otherwise (ie, a MD-16XDVD9-EXT would be a 3500 external). Also, you should make sure that the computer this drive will be used with has USB2/Hi-Speed capabilities (if it’s reasonably recent it probably does).


#9

Thanks for all the responses!! :iagree: :bow:

I think I am going to get a Mad Dog from office max now. :slight_smile: We have one not far from here, but I found it online and it’s free delivery. And if something isn’t right we can exchange it easily. (I just had a baby so it’s a little hard to run around shopping!!)

Not sure if his computer has the USB2… it might because he replaced the motherboard and re-built it with in the past year. If not, he has a brand new laptop for work and my Dell is a few months old and has it.

Thanks again!


#10

You want to connect the NEC drive to the IDE channel INSIDE the PC for best performance. He has a desktop PC, so this is doable. The NEC will burn CDs and DVDs. Plus the internal drive is CHEAPER than the external.