Maybe it’s just me (being new here and all), but for a price point of $116 including tax for a 811, seems to be the best buy.
Now, the 8X +R is also possible with the 811 (i’ve had mine only a few weeks), then of course, I start to read about dual layers, nice, as it will allow for even higher resolution on backing up movies.
But heres a few things I’m thinking about.
1st, the price point and speed, dual layer will be pricey and so won’t the media…
2nd The speed, they are only at 2.4 for dual layer,
3rd, most will argue that slower speeds are better for movies, then the above is moot, however, so isn’t having a 8X.
The bottom line, for me anyway, is a 8X + or - R DVD burner that can be had for less than $120. One year from now, maybe even in the summer, dual layer may be cheaper, but for me, speed is key, give me 4.8 at least, or 9.6X, then you’ll (manufactures) will have my attention, but by then, (1 year) perhaps blue discs ($20,000???) may start to flow into mainstream (25 and 50 GIGS per disc),
but for now, I’ll gladly stick with a single layer DVD burner that cost me almost as much as my SONY CDR a year ago, and holds 7 times as much info.
Just my thoughts…and ramblings…
PS. Is just sort-of ironic that there is on one hand, the argument, and overclocking to make your drive faster, when slower (for some functions (movie backup) is required and will the cost of one DL disc = less than the cost of two single layer DVD’s, doubtful, at least at the onset. Of course, then there’s compatibility issues with stand alones and PC drives.
I think it’s a good thing (dual layer) and the entertainment biz (film) won’t be too happy, but until it gets “real” main stream, compatible, …