OK! First off hi to all...Im new here to these forums although I have been referring to them here lately for some questions of mine....One that I have been researching alot and have yet to find very good resourceful stuff is whether inkjet or thermal cd/dvd printing is better? The pros and cons of both and how easily does inkjet cd printing smear?
I could make this thread huge with all the questions and links and what not to all that I have found but Im going to try and keep it simple!
I have been looking around for an inexpensive inkjet or thermal cd printer and have yet to find many things....By cheap I mean under $75.00 for a used or new one...
I have found some of both on ebay which consist of epson, Teac and one more Rigma or something like that....I have noticed on the thermal printers that they hold one cartridge at a time but I have read somewhere that you can print multiple colors on one disc by switching out the ink ribbons...Is this the case with all of them? I have also seen some that are considered "color" thermal printers that seem to have an array of colors but are priced at about $1000 - $8000! Not going to pay that much...
I have read that inkjet cd printers make very nice results but smear very easily (I.E. from the touch of a sweaty finger or just moisture in the room). Not that I would have sweaty fingers but sometimes after gaming and you want to change out the disc you could have moisture on your hands. Is this the case?
Ok here is the main reason I am wanting to get either of these printers! First off I like to make backups of my game discs! Here recently I have started backing up my Old Turboduo/PC Engine and Dreamcast games and have made cases to match the originals! I dont like using a sharpie to label the discs and I dont want to use sticker labels (especially on the turboduo games since the extra weight and drag would wear the motor down faster).
I like lightscribe well enough to use that BUT the data side wont read on either systems..Infact they wont even burn in the correct mode needed for dreamcast...
I believe the turboduo games were thermal printed back in the day since all the discs were either white background with the image (Blue,black,red) printed on it or silver background with the image printed on it....
I dont think inkjet would be the correct way to go since you have to handle the game discs alot differently usually needing to touch the labeled side to put in or take out which would I assume cause smearing.
The issue with thermal is that on the dreamcasts disc most labels are full color labels so inkjet would have to be used.... correct?
I want all of my stuff to look like an original disc and be able to take the same abuse when handleing the disc as if it were an original disc...Can this be done all with an inkjet or only with thermal?
Ok well I think that is everything I have to say here are some images of a Turbo Duo disc and dreamcast disc as examples of the differences Im talking about and what Im trying to copy! Hope they help
EDIT The images I inserted didnt show up so I just added the link directly to the image...Thanks sorry for the inconvenience*
Turbo Duo game Dracula X:
Disc is white media with black printed picture (Thermal can do this..Correct?)
Turbo Duo game Ys Book I & II:
Disc is silver media with black and blue printed picture (Thermal can do this...correct?)
Dreamcast game Crazy Taxi 2:
I assume disc is silver media with multiple colors printed on it (Thermal cant do this but inkjet can...Correct?)
Thanks for any help you guys can provide and hope to meet some new peeps! Sorry my first post is so extensivly long I tried to make it short!