I just noticed something very disturbing in regards to Falcon Technologies media. They have started to change their pricing and have introduced the equivalent of Taiyo Yuden’s “value line” or Verbatim’s “value series” of media.
Previously, you could buy media that was designated as FalconMedia PRO at a price point that was comparable to the retail price of genuine Verbatim (made with Mitsubishi materials and specs). FalconMedia PRO can be equivalent to or even better than Taiyo Yuden Premium Grade, and I’m talking about the Premium Grade that existed in the early 2000s.
Now however, Falcon has started to replace the media at this lower price point with media that is simply called FalconMedia, without the all-important PRO attached to it. Early experience seems to indicate that this non-PRO Falcon media is of significantly lower quality.
For example, previously, at SuperMediaStore, a 100-pack of FalconMedia PRO 16X Shiny Silver media could be had for around $27.00. Now the price has jumped to $33.00. In it’s place you will find shiny silver FalconMedia (without the PRO) for $26.00. If you weren’t paying attention you would think that the lower cost media was the same as what you had purchased or been recommended before, but it’s not.
Be CAREFUL. All Falcon media is not the same. If you want the good stuff, the media that competes directly with Taiyo Yuden Premium Grade and Verbatim, you must get Falcon media that says PRO. That means it’s Professional Grade. The non-PRO media is what they call Corporate Grade, but it’s nowhere near as good, and can sometimes be complete crap.