What is the best DVD Burner? Nec, Lite On, Pioneer

NEC ND-3500A

Liteon SOHW-1633S

Pioneer 108D

you might want to read anandtech’s newest dvd burner round-up:

link

kenshin was a few hours faster than me in posting this review :wink: .

CKA

that review is not that great.

It’s Anandtech that is great. :slight_smile:

The problem is that CDFreaks and CDRLabs are dedicated to DVD recording while Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware Guide are more about general PC hardware such as CPU, motherboards, graphics cards, and so on. StorageReview.com is good at reviewing and comparing hard disk drives. Anandtech readers generally do not care so much about writing quality scan results out of K’s Probe or Nero CD-Speed. THG comparing writing times of 10 DVD writers is especially amusing from our point of view but then most readers do make their buying decisions on the 1% or 5% speed difference as if that mattered that much in a CPU or in a graphics card. For DVD writers, 5x or 100x speed difference means great achievement but 10% or 20% difference in overall recording time is far less important than recording quality, media compatibility, support for firmware updates and so on.

It’s Anandtech that is great.

the above quote is quite amusing since you then go on to point out how great Anandtech ISN’T.

Anandtech readers generally do not care so much about writing quality scan results out of K’s Probe or Nero CD-Speed. THG comparing writing times of 10 DVD writers is especially amusing from our point of view but then most readers do make their buying decisions on the 1% or 5% speed difference as if that mattered that much in a CPU or in a graphics card. For DVD writers, 5x or 100x speed difference means great achievement but 10% or 20% difference in overall recording time is far less important than recording quality, media compatibility, support for firmware updates and so on.

The above merely points out how misrably that anandtech fails to EDUCATE it’s readers about how to properly evaluate a DVD Burner. they have gone out of their way to educate their readers to the fact that flat out GHZ is not the only measure of a CPU dont they? ( AMD Vs. Intel )

most people buy DVD burners becse they want to burn or copy data they wish to keep. so burn quality IS IMPORTANT. so is media compaitablility.

but the biggest sticking point with me and the Anandtech’s review would be giving the burner that couldnt write the 16X media sucessfully the “Best” burner award. even by their own obvious "speed is parammount " criteria their decision is seriously flawed if the burner cant sucessfully write the 16X test media how can it be the fastest?

BTW, please post future “brand A vs. brand B” questions in this thread:
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