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The Best DVD-RW under £40

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by SMlFFY, 28 Jan 2006.

  1. SMlFFY

    Wise Guy

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    Whats the best one in your opinion,
    Needs to have a black facia to go with my Akasa Eclipse Case.
    Any make considered
    Thanks in advance guys :)
     
  2. Lakeland

    Soldato

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    NEC ND4550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-024-NE)

    £30 inc vat
     
  3. Yucca

    Wise Guy

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    ^ I have one of these, crap! Dont buy it! Get a pioneer, there the best.
     
  4. SMlFFY

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    This one any good?

    Pioneer DVR-110BK 16 x 16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM (CD-036-PO)
     
  5. smids

    Soldato

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    Most likely the Benq 1650 or 1655. I have a Pioneer 110D which is an amazing drive with the right firmware (nullz's 8.37 Buffalo modded), though the Pioneer 111D is out soon.

    Yes, the Pioneer 110 is a great drive (note, the difference between 110 (DVD-RAM) and 110D (no DVD-RAM without a firmware flash ;)). The 110, 110D and A10XL are all the same drive with different firmwares. Excellent drive though.
     
  6. SMlFFY

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    Is it hard to flash to the better firmware?
     
  7. smids

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    No. In fact, it's about 2 or 3 clicks. See here.
     
  8. Big.Wayne

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    Lol, I have four of those they ain't crap?

    whats the problem you had then?
     
  9. SMlFFY

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    This is where i get confused on which make to buy?
     
  10. Rambaud

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    If you don't need DVD-RAM, the BenQ 1655.

    My NEC 4550 is not as good as my LG 4163.
     
  11. Big.Wayne

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    Haha,

    I know what you mean, but its not as big a deal as some people make out, and the prices are now a no brainer.

    Most of them offer a good rangle of burning types and speeds, some are more quiet than others, smaller than others and some have features like litescribe etc.

    I was led to believe that NEC make burners for PIONEER and other companies.

    I went with the NEC 4550's because they were a good price and I have no need for litescribe features (disks are more expensive for this.)
     
  12. smids

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    I think it was a case of using the same chipset as the NEC drives on the Pioneer. Not sure exactly, but I think I read that somewhere. TBH, having owned 3 NEC drives and although good, are loud compared to my current Pioneer 110D (Buffalo 8.37 flashed) and one failed on me.
     
  13. A2Z

    Sgarrista

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    whatever the newest NEC is
     
  14. Pulsedriver

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    I think, personally they are all as good as each other pretty much, Pioneer or NEC.

    Also, the ASUS DRW-1608P2S is a good drive, basically a Pioneer in disguise! (looks better!)