Actually, I'm not kidding, I'm serious. We have begun testing different DVD burners. There is very little margin in making optical drives, which probably why Nu Tech stopped making their DVD burners as well.
This is from my purchaser at work. I'm sorry for starting what appears to be a bit of chaos. The reason I posted it as a "rumor" is because I do not have confirmation of this.
This may also mean that they will do the same thing that Nu Tech did, which is have another manufacturer make their drives and simple label them as their own.
Yes, I manage the RMA department at work and in the absence of our purchaser, purchase from our vendors, D&H Distributors, Synnex, Ma Labs, Tech Data, Microsoft Licensing, Althon Micro, etc.
Dtog, I asked my purchaser the exact same question about the DW1640 and he didn't know. He knows what is available and sometimes knows in advance what will not be available, sometimes product suddenly disappears from the distribution channel. Remember also that we are purchasing directly from the manufacturer for some of our parts and from large distributors for the rest so retail outlets/stores and online sellers will continue to sell product even after it's been discontinued because they already had stock.
A perfect example is Windows 98SE. A couple of years ago, we could no longer purchase Windows 98SE from our distributors because Microsoft had stopped producing it. At the same time, retail stores continued to sell it for months because they already had stock of it or their distributors had stock remaining in their warehouse.
Zevia, I never claimed I had "lots of connections," and I really don't appreciate being patronized. In an earlier post, I simply offered help to people who had a difficult time getting defective product RMA'd. I know from firsthand experience that it can sometimes be a real hassle or pain and being in the position that I am in, I might have information that could be helpful to people. Maybe you think I'm full of crap and a complete liar but I never said what you claim I did and actually don't care what you think.