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1. LaCie d2 DVD±RW with LightScribe 16x
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2. Sony DRX720UL External USB 2.0/i.Link
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3. Lacie d2 External 16x Dual-Layer
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4. LaCie External Firewire d2 16x
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5. Sony DRU-800A Internal ATAPI/EIDE
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6. Plextor PX-716UF - DVDRW (dual
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7. SONY VRD-VC10 DVDirect External
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8. LG Electronics GSA-4163B 16X Super-Multi
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9. Sony DVD+R DL 4X+R 16X +RW 8X-R
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10. Plextor PX-716A - DVDRW (dual
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11. Sony 4X Dbl Layer 16X DVD+/-RW
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12. LaCie 16X LIGHTSCRIBE DL D2 EXT
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13. Iomega Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format
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15. HP DVD 630E DVD Writer
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16. Memorex 32023288 DVD Double-Layer
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17. Primera Bravo II AutoPrinter 62715
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19. Plextor PX-716UF - DVDRW (dual
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1. LaCie d2 DVD±RW with LightScribe 16x
by Lacie
list price: $179.99
our price: $155.79
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Asin: B0007LXRC0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 3915
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Combining four DVD formats in one device, this all-in-one rewritable drive provides Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire ports for easy connection to any PC or Mac, making it the most versatile drive available. Sporting LaCie’s original aluminum d2 Design, it can be integrated into standard 19 computer and audio equipment racks or stand alone on a desktop. This powerful drive features innovative LightScribe labeling technology, which burns custom, silkscreen-quality, precise images directly onto your discs using the very same laser that burns data. ... Read more

Features

  • Bundled with Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2, Easy Media Creator 7, DVDMax Player, Toast Lite 6.0 and 5.2.2
  • Records to Double Layer DVD+R, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RW
  • Masters up to 8.5 GB DVD-Videos from your desktop
  • Provides Hi-Speed USB and FireWire for both PCs and Macs
  • Features LightScribe for direct disc custom labeling

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Feeling kind of iffy, but I guess I'll keep it
I just finished burning a CD-ROM to follow up on a job interview I had yesterday.I used the Verbatim CD-R that came with the drive.I burned the label first (maybe that was my mistake?) and then popped the CD into my Mac to do a simple drag, drop and burn.The Mac wouldn't recognize it, so I popped it back into the LaCie.I still got a disc unrecognized error, but I pressed on.I burned the disc and then got an error.Unfortunately, I didn't make note of it.Afterwards, I tried to verify the disc and got an error.I've gotten errors before, so I didn't think anything of it.Popped the CD into my Mac and it got stuck!It spun around and around, making weird noises and took me forever to eject it.Then I put it in the LaCie and it got stuck in there, too!Now I'm stuck with an unusable CD I was supposed to mail today.I'm hesitant to buy more media because I don't want to waste the money, but I have to send this disc.I just dashed off an 'e' to LaCie.Hopefully they will have something helpful to say this time.I sent a note last week about disc artifacts and audio sync problems on my DVDs and the brilliant tech told me to use the discs recommended by LaCie.Well, duh!How stupid do they think I am?Still waiting on a response to my response to that.Tech support is slow and their stupid list of FAQs on their site is useless as I don't think it gets updated.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something for both platforms
There is no denying Lacie makes a great set of products - nice brushed alumanum casing, drives that sense when the computer turns on and off - and its compatible with both Mac and PC.I happen to use both.

Burning CDs is a cinch (I have yet to do a DVD) and the Lightscribe program gives you a good basic set of tools to create labels for your CD.People with greater needs for graphic and type control will probably want to import their CD labels into the Lightscribe program rather than rely on the basic presets and type controls controls that went out of style ten years ago.So far though, I'm satisfied - and the lightscribe program is only version 1.0 so there's going to be an upgrade sooner or later.

The reason that this didn't get 5 stars is because the software came on a DVD.Here I am with two computers, both of them with a CD-ROM drive, and they couldn't fit 123 MB of programs on one CD.By e-mail they suggested I put the disk in the drive, and it would be automatically recognised.Wrong.Luckily, I have access to a DVD drive on another computer, and I burned a CD-ROM image of the offending DVD.Loaded the software in that way and got the thing working.

It's a shame that software and hardware vendors assume everyone has the latest and greatest gadgets humming at their desks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lightscribe or Double Layer DVD, but not both
If you want to burn a double layer DVD with a Lightscribe label you're going to have to wait until they make the media for it. Right now, as far as I can discover, you can either get Lightscribe-able CDs or 4.7 GB DVDs from Verbatim, but they don't make double layer DVDs that are also Lightscribe-able. So don't be disappointed, like I am, when you discover you can't use both really cool features on the same disc.

4-0 out of 5 stars Over all a great product
I bought this drive a few weeks ago and have been pleased with it in general. my one complaint is that it isn't compatable with some brands of media. it refuses to write to maxell or philips media but once i tried office depot brand discs, i havn't had any problems. i haven't tried the lightscribe feature but expect no problems. the tech suport were also very helpful and quick to respond when i had the issue with the different media not working ... Read more


2. Sony DRX720UL External USB 2.0/i.Link DVD+R Double Layer/DVD+RW
by Sony

our price: $170.99
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Asin: B0007INC7I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1238
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Product Description

Sony's ultra high performance Dual-Layer DVD�RW burner for your PC brings together all the popular formats in a single drive. With Dual Layer capabilities, this DVD burner is the perfect to your multimedia storage devices. Doubling the capacity of normal DVD�RWs, this device will not only give you the storage that you need but save you money and time as well. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows® 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional Operating Systems
  • Ultra-fast 16X max Double Layer/Dual Format DVD burner
  • 16X max DVD+R/+RW and Double Layer DVD burning
  • Includes Nero 6.6 Software Suite
  • Works with 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW and 8.5GB Double Layer Discs

3. Lacie d2 External 16x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Drive with FireWire/USB2.0 (Model 300920)
by Lacie
list price: $169.00
our price: $145.34
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Asin: B0002YF48M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 1942
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- LAC300920VENDOR- LACIEFEATURES- d2 DVD +/- RW Drive 16xExternal USB 2.0 & FireWire 16x DVD +/- RW Drive with 4x Double- Layer recording technology. PC and Mac compatible.This drive combines four DVD formats into one device, so there is no need to choose one format over the other. This all-in-onerewritable drive also features FireWire and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 portsfor easy connection to any Mac or PC, making it the most versatiledrive available. Includes Drive, USB 2.0 cable, FireWire cable (6-pin to 6-pin), Power supply, DVD Utilities CD-ROM, DVD-R media. * DVD+/-RW IN ONE DRIVEThis universal drive delivers four DVD formats in a single, slim device. By combining DVD+RW and DVD-RW formats, the LaCie Dual DVD+/-RW Drive delivers greater creative versatility by eliminating the need to choose one format over another. This combination drive is also capable of writing to CD and DVD formats, which are compatible with nearly allexisting DVD-Video players. * CREATE ORIGINAL VIDEO DVDsRecord professional-quality, personalized DVDs with your LaCie Dual DVD+/-RW Drive and the included Roxio DVD Builder authoring software. Import video and audio footage from your DV camcorder, arrange yoursequences, and burn projects onto DVD or CD-Video discs. Completed DVDscan then be played back on virtually any DVD player to share among family and friends. * RECORD CUSTOM DVDs IN MINUTESOffering the fastest DVD record speed on the market in a slim, aluminum design, the LaCie Dual DVD Drive features 8x record speeds in DVD-R and DVD+R formats. This all-in-one rewritable drive also features FireWire and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports for easy connection to any Mac or PC, making it the most versatile drive available. * COMPILE MP3s, PHOTOS, VIDEOBack up valuable data, share photos, and archive MP3 libraries and MPEG-2 DVD video. With ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me and XP; Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS 10.1.2 or greater
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire
  • Expansive 8.5 GB digital storage capacity
  • Multi-format DVD rewritable drive with double layer recording technology
  • 16x DVD±R and 4x DVD±RW drives in one

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not too reliable
I've bought this drive from Amazon in January 2005. It's hooked up to a laptop in my house that functions as a file server, so the only purpose of that laptop is to accept the files and give me the capability to burn them to the DVD.

The drive is a gamble to say the least. It seemed to work well with Sony DVD-R blanks, very few corruptions or errors during the process, but then after I tried Sony DVD+R and bought a whole bundle of Office Depot DVD+R blanks, things got worse.

The Roxio software would complain about "Not a valid recordable media" in the drive, even though it was a virgin clean blank from the pack, the exact same pack that just had a workable disk yesterday. Sometimes I would get the "Unspecified error 0x01" roughly 3 hours during the burn process, which is extremely annoying (forgot to mention I hooked it to USB 1.1 port, so it doesn't function at 16x, but that's my fault). Other times it would be another "Transcoding error" and "Unspecified error" with trashed blanks.

I'd say I get about 30-35 successful burns with this drive on a 50-disk DVD+R pack. The rest of the blanks have to go in the garbage. Lately I've installed Nero over Roxio software with its "useful" error messages and things seem to run smoother. This would be an okay performance from a no-name cheap Chinese drive purchased in a bin at Fry's, for brand-name Lacie drive the quality of both software and the hardware is quite low.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with MAC
I purchased this to work with my iBook G4, which does not have a SuperDrive. I wanted to make DVDs with iDVD and this worked fine. I did need to find a patch online to get iDVD to recognize the drive, but other than that, once it stated working, it gave me the results that I wanted. It also was quick when backing up my data files.

Comes with Toast Lite - which can also be used to burn DVD movies. It isn't "light" weight or noisy which is nice. And once you unplug the USB cable, it shuts itself off.

NOTE: IF YOU ARE BUYING THIS TO USE IDVD, YOU NEED IDVD VERSION 5 (which comes with iLife 05), Older versions of this program will not recognize or burn to this drive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings ...
When you get it working, the drive is fine. It does what it is supposed to do. However, the way to get it working is not so smooth. It comes with 2 CDs and a lot of software and the installation process is confusing, but doable. The case is really heavy. Probably it's supposed to attract big truck/SUV buyers or something. It's actually not a bad thing, just unusual. So if you are not afraid of technology, the drive is ok. But if you need something really hassle free, maybe you should try some other one.

1-0 out of 5 stars This drive does not perform as expected
I bought this drive to use on both PC and Mac, and paid extra for double layer and lightscribe capabilities. After fiddling with it for 2 days, I am returning it. It is as slow as my old DVD writer (internal) at copying movies from my hard drive (appears to be 1x). The tech support is lousy (not toll-free, and busy all the time), the enclosed software difficult to use, and all in all I am extremely disappointed. I am a computer trainer by profession, so I figure if I can't use it, a lot of other people won't be able to either. Don't bother unless you want to beat your head against a wall all night trying to get it to work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reliable solid performer from LaCie
One of the finest electronic device made and a must have for laptop owners.Not very portable, but is a faster option then an internal DVD-r for a laptop. LaCie is really giving you a lot for this quality DVD-burner.I have burn over 30 DVDs since August 2004 for backing up files, making home movies and there haven't been any problems yet.

The software that comes with this burner is for Mac and PC.I use the PC's software, which include Roxio's Easy Media 7.0; that can burn movie, CD and DVD, and do some simple editing.Converting a file to a video on a slow laptop is kind of long though.There is a DVD player software included also, but there are a dime a dozen out there.I burned at 16X, 8X, 4X speed on DVD-R and DVD+R on Sony, Verbatim, Memorex, Fuji, TDK media and they all work fine.This drive is one of the faster external DVD-r options available.I have yet to use the expensive Double Layer DVD media option.

The drive has a nice metallic silver exterior that is very robust and sturdy, with a blue ON/OFF button, connection to a firewire or USB2 output. I have a Dell 8200 PIV laptop with 1gigs of ram, with an 80gigs external firewire hard-drive that connect straight to the external D2 burner.It is somewhat smooth and quiet NEC's drive.Hopefully it will last a long time.

LaCie is a French company that is trying to break into the America's market with a balance of great quality components at a reasonable price. ... Read more


4. LaCie External Firewire d2 16x DVD+/-RW (double layer) w/Toast 6 Titanium for Mac (300922)
by Lacie
list price: $189.00
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Asin: B000636JDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 3864
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Product Description

Lacie d2 16x DVD±RW Double Layer Drive - DVD-Writer - DVD±R/±RW - 16x 4x 12x DVD±RW, 4x x 12x DVD+R DL, 32x 24x 40x CD-R/RW - 6-pin FireWire - ExternalCreate Double Layer disc on your Mac 8.5GB of storage capacity on a single disc Create DVD video, Video-CD and Super Video-CD discs in minutes Multi-format DVD drive for universal compatibilityNice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theLacie 300922 - DVD+RW/-RW 4X/ +R/-R 16X/ -R DL *WHILE SUPPLIES LAST** and all other Lacie CD / CDRW ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS 10.1.2 or greater
  • Record Custom DVDs in Minutes with Firewire interface
  • Expansive 8.5 GB digital storage capacity
  • Multi-format DVD rewritable drive with double layer recording technology (Double layer recording requires Mac OS 10.2.3 or later)
  • 16x DVD±R and 4x DVD±RW drives in one

5. Sony DRU-800A Internal ATAPI/EIDE Double-Layer/Dual-Format DVD/CD Recorder
by Sony

our price: $122.54
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Asin: B00080CXGG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2113
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Product Description

Sony’s DVD burner incorporates 8.5GB DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD+R Double Layer burning and dual format 4.7GB DVD burning. Double/Dual Layer discs let you store up to 8.5GB on a single DVD+R Double Layer or DVD-R Dual Layer disc, giving you plenty of room for more video and audio entertainment, digital photo archives, and information storage. DVD+R burning speed is a blazing 16X max, burning a full DVD in approximately 6 minutes. Double Layer and Dual Layer Recording speed is 4X max. DVD+RW speeds are 8X max for DVD+RW and 6X max for DVD-RW respectively. Ultra fast 48X max CD-R burning means you no longer need a separate CD Burner for good performance. What hasn’t changed is the DRU-800A comes bundled with an unbeatable Nero 6.6 software suite and also includes a black front panel to match black colored PCs.

  • Preserve home movies on DVD
  • Back up essential information from your computer
  • Ultra fast CD burning
  • DVD+R double layer and DVD-R dual layer burning
  • 16X max DVD+R/+RW and double layer DVD burning
  • Award winning Nero™ Software bundle for burning all your video, music, and data to DVD or CD.
  • Includes black replacement front bezel for matching the drive to a black PC case.
  • Works with 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW and 8.5GB double/dual layer discs
  • Record up to 4 hours of video on double/dual layer discs
  • Easy to install EIDE/ATAPI interface drive for Windows® 2000/XP
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Features

  • Includes black color replacement front panel and Award-winning Nero software suite
  • Internal EIDE/ATAPI-interface drive with DVD-R Dual-Layer and DVD+R Double-Layer burning
  • 16x maximum DVD-R/DVD+R burning, 4x maximum double-/dual-layer burning
  • 8x max DVD+RW burning, 6x DVD-RW burning
  • 48x max CD-R and 24x max CD-RW burning

6. Plextor PX-716UF - DVDRW (dual layer) drive - Hi-Speed USB/IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ( PX-716UF/SW )
by Plextor

our price: $200.35
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Asin: B00068S5A8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 1641
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The PX-716UF DVD DVD�R/RW external IEEE 1394 and Hi-Speed USB drive from Plextor offers all the advantages of its legendary CD-RW drives. Along with double layer and dual format capabilities, the PX-716UF is also supported by Intelligent Recording technology to enhance your recording activities.The drive achieves blazing fast 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes, the drive also supports dual-layer DVD media, enabling users to burn up to four hours of high-quality. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Drives ok but software stinks
I like the drive.I upgraded from a 708UF.However the Roxio Software that ships with the drive is very unstable.As a matter of fact it installs a packet writer driver that will tear up your system.You can not uninstall this software unless you uninstall all the included software.

The only way I can keep my computer from constantly rebooting is to turn off the 716UF.

Plextor has been no help.The only comment they had was to take the drive back for a refund.

Im currently using the software that came with my 708 drive and if I had the chance I would return the 716uf drive but my daugter managed to grab my 708 drive so Im stuck.

5-0 out of 5 stars writes anything round -- 6 stars
If your first concern is quality then plextor is for you.If you're time is worth nothing, and you like the hair pulling experience of compensating for a poorly engineering product then plextor is not for you.

Plextor's new AutoStrategy technology, allows perfect writes -- now more than ever.Verily Plextor can write ANYTHING ROUND.One may buy the cheapest media say $0.19 DVD-R and simply "sacrafice" four discs and the plextor (sanyo base) hardware in concert with the plextor (taiyo yuden assist) firmware will develop it's own customized write strategy to assure one receivesFLAWLESS BURNS that not only play fine in plextor but in other playback devices!

The bundled PlexTools has most of the features one could want with any burner software.Its audio extraction mode FAR SURPASSES boring old EAC.For a few more dollars the PlexTools XL edition gives serious tweaking power to geeks.

If you can honestly claim zero coasters you are probably using a Plextor!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great drive
Got it two weeks ago from bestbuy.com for an amazing $171.00.The drive itself was manufactured Feb 2005.

The drive is amazing.No coasters yet, I have been burning DVD+Rs, DVD+RWs and one DVD+R at 16x, and have had no problems at all.I will try a DVD+R DL soon, thanks to amazon.com's Verbatim DL DVD+R sale ($21.99-$8 rebate for 3).

The utilities and software that come with it are the best.

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great performing and good looking drive
I bought this multi-format drive in order to burn home movies to DVD and back up data from the 'puter.Simply put, it rocks.It will burn any available format and is easy and simple to set up.Plus, it's good looking and, when mounted vertically, takes up very little desk space.

For those of you looking into copying video,as I was, the kind of burner you get is only half the story.I had to upgrade my computer from 256k of RAM to 1Gb...yes, that's 1 Gig, of RAM.Otherwise, the rendering would take forever and you couldn't run any other processes during the copying.The software choices you make are also critical.The plextor ships with Roxio which seems to work pretty well, but I'm in the process of switching over to 1Click dvd copy which seems to work better for video.

5-0 out of 5 stars as the tiger would say it's GRRRREAT
I buy a plextor about every other model.This one is a GRRRREAT replacement for my Toshiba laptop el-crapo-burner.

The great ease and power of plextor in a nice portable format.Use it on your laptop, take it with you to back up other computers.Plays well with Ghost. ... Read more


7. SONY VRD-VC10 DVDirect External DVD Recorder
by Sony
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0006GT6AS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2860
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

DVDirect 16x4x16 External DL DVD+/-RW Recorder ... Read more

Features

  • Analog Composite (Yellow RCA jack) and S-Video inputs along with analog audio
  • Connects directly to camcorder or VCR - no computer required
  • Works just like a VCR for convenient, hassle-free recording
  • Record up to 12 hours of home video on a single DVD
  • Real Time MPEG encoding ensures highest possible quality

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Intuitive and Easy to Use
I have to admit, at first I was a little intimidated about entering the world of DVD writing and authoring. With all those formats out there I felt confused. And if you are like me, you have a lot of old VCR tapes around of your favorite shows that are taking up valuable shelf space in your living room. They weigh a lot too if you need to move them. But the Sony DVDirect VRD-VC10 made it easy and fun to reduce my video tape clutter. As a stand-alone recorder, all selections and options are available from the well-designed front panel and display. Connect your video player or camera to the back of the unit, push "Record" and start your VCR player. That's it. When the recording is done, you push a few buttons to finalize your disc and eject it.I especially like the "auto-play" feature which lets your DVD start automatically when inserted in a DVD player. However, this feature seems to disable the auto-chapter function which creates chapters at set intervals. The Sony unit also automatically formats your blank DVDs, a nice touch.

Contrary to other reviewer's experience on this page, I was able to use Memorex DVD+R discs just fine, even though they are not on the Sony list of approved brands. As a stand-alone recorder the unit is limited to the "+R" (or "+RW") format. If you need "-R" for your DVD players, you might want to consider the newer VRD-VC20 which has compatibility with both formats. Curiously, the DVD+R discs I recorded would not play on my older Sony VAIO desktop, but worked perfectly in my Toshiba laptop and Samsung DVD player. Many recent DVD players read the "+R" format so youneed to find out what format your equipment requires.

The DVD copied from a video tape in the Standard Play mode (for 2 hours of recording time) showed only a slight loss of color from the original tape. Copy quality is very good, overall, in my view. The Sony also records in a one-hour High Quality mode and 6 hour Long Play mode. As a stand-along unit, the VC-10 only records with analog inputs. If you want to go directly from your mini-DV camcorder to the Sony, get the newer VC-20 model. Connected to your computer, the unit works with Nero 6 burning software offering many possible ways to use the DVD burner, including CD copying and video disc formats.

Overall, I like this unit a lot for its simplicity and ease of use. Sony has a good idea with the DVDirect and the price is not that much more than other external drives. The Quick Start Guide that comes with the unit is straightforward and very understandable. I was able to start copying my old video tapes within a few minutes of taking the Sony unit out of its box. If you want a DVD burner that can connect to your computer and also be used to make copies of VCR and camcorder tapes, you should seriously consider this model.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Beware
Similar to the review before mine. I bought this because i thought it records on both -/+ formats. Even on the unit it says - and + but it only records to + which isn't compatible with a lot of players. i inserted a dvd-r, and it said please insert a dvd+r or +rw... bummer i had high hopes for this thing. up on eBay it goes.

1-0 out of 5 stars LOOK before you leap
On the positive side, it is an attractive unit.

In the negative side, it will not directly record unless you use the "+" format. Unfortunately this is not compatible with many DVD players.

In other words, buyer beware.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony gets an A+ in my book!
To start, reading some of the other reviews on this page it seems many either are trying to do things with the wrong equipment attached (Laptop? Throw all the memory you want in it, but the bus speed is what kills you, use a desktop!) or who are not familiar with NERO software (probably the best for the PC). If you don't know how to use NERO, find another. DVDxCOPY had no trouble copying one of these DVDs for me.

Purchased from DELL, $251.00, $35.00 Preffered Discount, free shipping on 5/9/05, total was $216.00.

I took this unit out of the box, connected my video camera (8mm) and then had a DVD in about 2 hours that played fine. I connected to my DESKTOP PC (1.8ghz, 512RAM, WINXP) and made a nice set of menus on another job and burned another "PERFECT" copy. The quality is a great considering the source.

To me this unit was worth its weight in gold! My kids have been watching home movies in their own DVD players all weekend. I found several clips that I did not know that I had on hand as well. The best part is that it is "STAND ALONE", I made 15 2 hour DVD without a PC while I was at work all weekend.

Since I am so far away from were I grew up (1400 miles), this year I am planning to send a set of 25 (2 hour) DVDs out to my Grandmother, Mom, Dad, and a couple of others.

Buy this unit and enjoy it! Remember, those old films only last so long in storage, and on a DVD you can bounce around pretty fast to parts you want to see.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD Burner
I purchased this item from TigerDirect (highly recommended as well) and it is absolutly excellent. I have burned my camcorder movies (Sony as well), photos from my computer and music as well. There isn't anything this burner won't do. I did alot of reseach before I finally bought it. It was a very good choice. Sony makes some excellent products and this is one of them. ... Read more


8. LG Electronics GSA-4163B 16X Super-Multi Triple Format DVD Writer
by LG ELECTRONICS - OPTICAL STORAGE

our price: $55.95
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Asin: B0007LXR6G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: LG ELECTRONICS - OPTICAL STORAGE
Sales Rank: 466
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GSA-4163B Super-Multi triple-format internal DVD drive from LG Electronics gives you an incredible 16x maximum DVD burn speed and 5x DVD-RAM writing. And you'll never have to worry about compatibility, since this drive is compatible with all DVD formats: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM. What's more, it also supports dual-layer DVD+R (8.5 GB). Its rear-panel E-IDE/ATAPI interface provides plug-and-play convenience.

Now you can store almost 4 hours of video, hundreds of MP3 files, and gigs of original music, photos, or data, and burning your media will be faster and easier than before. The recorder also performs burns on rewritable media at 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW and up to 40x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW. With the DVD "plus" format, you'll enjoy full compatibility with most DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives.

DVD+RW discs require no finalizing: you can record, eject, and play them with minimal fuss, thanks to "background formatting." This feature, which lowers total burning time, is an advantage over the "dash" formats. Other DVD+RW advantages include on-disc content editing and multisession writing. DVD-RAM's superb access times make it ideal for non-linear editing on your PC. Find out for yourself which format will work best for you--this drive will work with all of them.

The GSA-4163B's 2 MB buffer uses SuperLink buffer-underrun error protection to ensure accurate burns every time. Supplied software consists of Ahead's Nero (CD/DVD recording software), Nero BackItUp (back-up software), Cyberlink PowerProducer Gold2 (DVD authoring tool), and Cyberlink PowerDVD (DVD playback software). Burn fast, burn right with the LG GSA-4163B.

What's in the Box
DVD drive, software CDs, a 2-drive IDE cable, an audio cable, mounting screws, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Does nearly everything and does it well
This is the first review I've written, and I wouldn't be doing it if I wasn't so impressed by the product.

I've had this drive for a few weeks now, and I couldn't be happier.That's rare for me to say about computer product.

First off, this isn't totally an LG drive. LG and Hitachi teamed up to create a line of DVD burners.From what I understand, Hitachi is pretty much the brains behind the drives, and LG's part is their marketing muscle.

At any rate, some details:

Burns are quick at 8x on DVD+ discs, using a brand that's rated for 12x on this particular burner (Verbatim disks seem to be a good choice). I'm getting burns around 5-7 minutes, with the 7 minutes being for disks that contain almost 4.5 gigabytes.Verification shows no errors, and I find actual practice bears this out.

It's very quiet, which is a definite plus -- my CDRW sounds like a jet building up thrust for a takeoff.

What makes this a Super-Multi is the inclusion of a relatively obscure format known as "DVD-RAM."In theory, DVD-RAM makes the disk something like a removeable hard drive, in that you can just drag and drop files to it.The technology seems great.. still it doesn't use a special catridge for the DVD-RAM disks, and there's some talk around that net that the lack of catridges reduces the write capabilities to the DVD RW spec of 1000 writes instead of the standard DVD-RAM 100,000 writes. The answer you get depends on who you ask.(Note: DVD-RAM discs comes in both single sided and double sided versions.The double side version holds over 9gb.)

I haven't tried the DL format since the price of media seems to negate any useful purpose. It would cost more for a disc than most movies can be bought outright -- and there's always the possiblity of burning a coaster, which would further send the economics to way out whack. (My guess is that the price of DL media will fall rather quickly now that DL is becoming standard on DVD burners.I could be wrong, though.)

Bottom line: Now that I have a DVD burner, I can't imagine not having one. Sure, there are some things I wish it would do, and some things I wish it would do better. Still I don't think there's drive on the market that does absolutely everything perfectly.For me, the price/perfomance ratio can't be beat. If you've been wanting a DVD burner, I think is one of the batter choices. (As someone previously noted, it's an "editor's choice" at several review sites.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent drive! Five thumbs up :)
I heard so much about Pioneer DVD burners that the first drive I bought was Pioneer 1x drive DVR-104. I never liked it, because it would give me discs with errors from time to time. And it made horrible noise while reading CDs!

So, a few weeks ago I wanted to upgrade and I got.. well Pioneer again! I thought that was just one problematic drive. I got DVR-109 this time. Stay AWAY from that drive! I had 3 types of media and it would only burn them at 1x! So I got rid of the Pioneer DVR-109. And finally bought this LG SGA 4153B drive, I read many good things about it, but after the Pioneer experience was somewhat skeptical. This drive is GREAT! So far I only had 2x media to test it with: TDK, and two no-name brands. All were labeled as 2x and I was able to burn them as such. After burning each I set the Nero to verify and all passed. Movie was tested on Apex and Sony standalone DVD players without any glitches. This drive actually carries its logo proudly on the front, unlike the Pioneer which didn't specify the brand anywhere on the drive at all.

Also couple of words on operation of the LG GSA 4163B. When reading DVDs it is very quiet, so it is perfectly suitable for watching movies. Eject/close operation is very smooth and the drive bay doesn't slap like in the cheaply-made drives. I think this says something about this drive's overall construction. Reading CDs is also smooth. You can hear them spinning but not in an intruding way.

5-0 out of 5 stars True "Super Multi DVD-writer"
Selected it because of its very reasonable price, Excellent writing quality, support for almost all formats including DVD-RAM, very good software bundle including PowerDVD, and that it is an Editor's choice at cdfreaks.com

(I recommend to read an excellent review of it, several pages long, at cdfreaks.com 's review section on January 13th 2005)
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9. Sony DVD+R DL 4X+R 16X +RW 8X-R ( DRU720A )
by Sony
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B00078CTPY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 9870
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony’s newest Double Layer, Dual Format DVD/CD burner has several DVD recording performance increases. DVD+R burning speed is a blazing 16X max, burning a full DVD in approximately 6 minutes. Double Layer Recording speed has increased to 4X max. DVD+RW speed has also increased, with DVD+RW burning at 8X max and DVD-RW burning at 6X max. What hasn’t changed is the DRU-720A comes bundled with an unbeatable Nero 6.6 software suite and also includes a black front panel to match black colored PCs.

  • Ultra-Fast 16X max Double Layer/Dual Format DVD Burner
  • 16X max DVD+R/+RW & Double Layer DVD Burning
  • Includes Nero 6.6 Software Suite
  • Black Faceplate Included
  • Works With 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW and 8.5GB Double Layer Discs
  • Record Up To 4 Hours Of Video on Double Layer Discs
  • Easy To Install EIDE/ATAPI Interface Drive For Windows® 2000/XP
  • Preserve Home Movies On DVD
  • Back Up Your Computer, Make Music Discs, and More
  • Ultra Fast CD Burning Too
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Features

  • Compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional Operating Systems
  • Ultra-Fast 16X max Double Layer/Dual Format DVD Burner
  • Works With 4.7 GB DVD+R/+RW and 8.5 GB Double Layer Discs
  • Record Up To 4 Hours Of Video on Double Layer Discs
  • 16X max DVD+R/+RW & Double Layer DVD Burning

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Made hard drive light stay on
After installing this drive in my case, whenever the drive was in use, my hard drive light would constantly stay lit.The drive itself seemed to work fine, but the light staying on annoyed me so I took it back and bought a Pioneer DVR-A09XL which works wonderfully.Also, the tray ejection motor sounded really weak, as if it could barely push the tray out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised...
I was holding off buying a DVD burner until I could get my hands on the (relatively) new Plextor 16x double layer burner at a reasonable price. However, it appears that Plextor burners (the benchmark for optical drives) are being plagued by quality problems at the moment, so I was forced to look elsewhere. I stumbled upon the Sony DRU720A at my local retailer, got a good price (not as good as the current offer here at Amazon!) and took it home, not expecting much.

My main purpose for the burner is to make backups of roughly 100 DVD's containing home video, transferred from VHS using a set top DVD recorder. So far, I have burned just short of 40 discs with the Sony, and I am pleasantly surprised! My Windows XP machine recognized the drive right away and the included Nero software installed without a hitch. I haven't tried all the software bits yet, mainly the DVD copy function which works great. I'm using Sony 8x DVD-R media off a spindle and haven't had a single failure yet.

Based on my experience so far I have no hesitation recommending this drive. And, at the price advertised above, this must be just about the best value for a brand name DVD burner out there right now. ... Read more


10. Plextor PX-716A - DVDRW (dual layer) drive - IDE ( PX-716A/SW )
by Plextor
list price: $119.99
our price: $121.59
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Asin: B00068S59Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 5820
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Plextor PX-716A DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW internal E-IDE (ATAPI) drive from Plextor® offer all the advantages or our legendary CD-RW drives. Along with double layer and dual format capabilities, the PX-716A is also supported by Intelligent Recording technology to enhance your recording activities. The drive achives blazing fast 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes, the drive also supports dual-layer DVD media, enabling users to burn up to four hours of high-quality. ... Read more

Features

  • Cache Size 8 MB
  • DVD+R Write Speed 16x
  • DVD-R Write Speed 16x
  • CD Write Speed 48x
  • CD Rewrite Speed 24x

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Burner Decent Software
I recieved this drive from a relative as a present two weeks ago and have been please with the performance and ease of use. This is the first DVD burner that I have owned.

I also liked the fact that it came with interchangeable bezel (the plastic facade that you actually see once it's in...) in black and off-white, so that I could match it to my black case.

The burner maxed out at about 10.5x write speed on 16x Verbatim DVD-R media. I assume that is pretty standard as I have never had a CD burner that lived up to the fake ratings they put on the box to sell them. I look forward to backing up all of my photo's to a Dual-Layer disc or two soon, instead of the myriad CD's that they are on now.

I didn't like the fact that Roxio Media creator suite would not copy any of my DVD's. I downloaded DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink (yes they are legal, otherwise the DMCA/MPAA would have shut the sites down) and have copied a few DVD's for home use. It's nice to know that I have a copy that my kids can't ruin. Or I guess, one they can ruin and one they don't have access to.

The Plextools software with the Drag-to-disk feature is pretty cool also. I enjoy just selecting a bunch of files and dropping them onto the little DVD window that you can place above the system tray/clock. It even gives you the option to not finalize the disk if you wan't to add more data and finish it later. Only problem is that my short memory can't keep up with which recent pictures that I or my wife took are actually on the CD. You have to read it with the Plextools app. That is okay with me to keep from wasting 25% of perfectly useable space on my DVD.

I'd say I'm happy but I'd be happier if Roxio would let me make fair use copies of encrypted DVD's (umm, I think that's every DVD now-days). The decrypter/shrink programs are a little tooin depth for the amount of laziness that I wan't to keep about me in copying DVD's. I'd rather use a "set it and forget it" program. Since Roxio can't do this, and I don't feel the need to create fluff picture slideshow DVD's to send to my relatives, I'll stick with the Plextools and other programs for my needs.

If you're rating this just on the hardware though, this is a great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance
This DVD-RW will run rings around the other DVD-RW drives and it can burn 8x media at higher speeds. It also got 10 out of 10 stars and a maximum kick a** award from Maximum PC Magazine. Excellent product!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Plextor PX-716A Review
Nice Burner,Works like a charm can deal with all media
i burn 4.2GB to my HP DVD in 8 min so fast and quite
the software that came with it so nice also
you can do many profesional things
rely plextor king of quality

1-0 out of 5 stars I expected better from Plextor
I've owned many optical drives over the years, several of them Plextor. I'd always been happy w/the Plextors, but I never had one fail on me, so I'd never had to deal w/the company. I bought the 716A online (not at Amazon) back in January. That online merchant's policy was that any warranty problems had to be dealt with directly w/Plextor. I didn't think much about that at the time, since I'd always had such good luck w/my Plextors.

Within a week, the 716A I'd purchased began to fail. Within 2 weeks, it would no longer read or write a disk. Even tho this problem w/this particular drive has been pointed out on several forums, Plextor tech support has a very rigid diagnostic routine they insist you perform. Once I'd proved to them that yes, the drive was indeed bad, they gave me a "ticket number" that I had to use to then contact their RMA dept.

I submitted the online form I was told to fill out, and received an RMA # w/a lot of boilerplate rules for returning products. One of the rules was that the customer paid shipping costs to Plextor (Plextor pays them back to the customer). Surely, I thought, since the drive went bad after only a week, and since the company makes such fine products, they would be happy to pick up the drive, since it was so obviously defective.

I was wrong. Not only would they not pay the shipping to them, they would not reply directly to my emails--they just kept sending me the boilerplate rules over and over, no matter how I begged or pleaded in my emails for them to respond. I assume they wanted me to read the part that said the customer pays shipping to, "No Exceptions" (their words).

So, defeated, and holding a useless $130 drive, I reluctantly ponied up the $11 shipping via UPS (the least expensive secure method that can be tracked; Plextor recommends against using U.S. Mail).

From the time of my first email (which had actually gone unanswered) to when I had the replacement drive in my hands, was nearly 2 months.

But wait, it gets better. The replacement drive, which was supposed to be new, has now failed. And more quickly than the first one did, in under a week of regular use. It has failed in the exact same way as the first one.

As Plextor tech "support", and the RMA dept especially, are not very helpful or sympathetic, I have written an email to their Public Relations dept., describing my situation. I have yet to hear back.

You will read many glowing reviews of this drive. And I want to say that, yes, when it worked, it was the fastest DVD drive I've yet used. But from my (admittedly unscientific) survey of user comments on other forums, it appears about 10-20% of these drives may be bad. Or it may just be the twenty or so reviews I read about the problem. Or it could be just one group of drives--both my bad drives had a manufacture date on the sticker of Dec 2004. (Also an oddity: the one I bought in January had a reasonable manufacture date of 12/04, but the one they sent me in March, presumably, should have had a newer date.)

At this moment I am out the $130 for the drive, plus the shipping costs, and I have no doubt that, given their initial attitude, Plextor would want me to pay shipping again to send the second bad drive back. I seriously doubt I'll ever deal w/this company again.

My final recommendation: if you must have this drive, be sure to purchase it from a dealer to whom you can return it in 30 days. Unless you install the drive immediately and torture test it for several days, it could take as long as a month to go bad (if it's going to do that). And then you're stuck paying to have Plextor take it back. ... Read more


11. Sony 4X Dbl Layer 16X DVD+/-RW External Drive ( DRX720UL/T )
by Sony

our price: $171.47
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Asin: B0007TJ5GO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 9336
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Product Description

DVD+-RW DL 4X 8X 16X EXT USB2 FWIRE MAC/WIN ... Read more


12. LaCie 16X LIGHTSCRIBE DL D2 EXT DVDRW FW w/ Toast Titanium ( 300786 )
by Lacie
list price: $209.99
our price: $190.99
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Asin: B0007LXRCA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 4391
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Combining four DVD formats in one device, this all-in-one rewritable drive provides Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire ports for easy connection to any PC or Mac, making it the most versatile drive available. Sporting LaCie’s original aluminum d2 Design, it can be integrated into standard 19 computer and audio equipment racks or stand alone on a desktop. This powerful drive features innovative LightScribe labeling technology, which burns custom, silkscreen-quality, precise images directly onto your discs using the very same laser that burns data. ... Read more

Features

  • Professional, silkscreen-quality, lasting labels
  • Expansive 8.5GB digital storage capacity
  • Create custom designs with text and photos
  • Laser etched from your LaCie DVD burner

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Slow DVD-R speed limits this burner.
The new technology to allow for the Lightscribe feature actually slows down this DVD burner! DVD-R speeds are limited to 8X. So, if speed is an issue, look to another burner without Lightscribe to get DVD-R at 16X. If Lightscribe is more important, then go with this one. But beware of what you're getting. I was disappointed to discover I had a crippled DVD burner for the sake of Lightscribe! I'm returning it. ... Read more


13. Iomega Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 External Drive - DVDRW (+R dual layer) drive ( 33245 )
by Iomega Bernoulli Exclusive
list price: $139.99
our price: $135.84
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Asin: B0007QS5XQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega Bernoulli Exclusive
Sales Rank: 5988
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Product Description

Iomega's NEW Super DVD Writer 16x16 is faster and sleeker than ever before!With a new ID, 16x burn speeds and double-capacity DVD burning, you have everything you need to create or burn original DVDs/CDs and back up files. Store up to 8.5GB of data with 4x Double-Layer technology. Each 8.5GB disc saves about 34,000 photos+, 160 hours of music+ and 12 hours of video+. Easily edit and burn photos, home movies, and MP3s to DVD or CD with award-winning Sonic MyDVD 6 and Iomega Automatic Backup software. ... Read more


14. Iomega SUPER DVD WRITER 16X ( 33068 )
by Iomega Bernoulli Exclusive
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00032Q20W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega Bernoulli Exclusive
Sales Rank: 11189
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Iomega® Super DVD Writer 16X Dual Format USB 2.0 external drive is the only drive you need to save and share your videos, photos, music and data. ... Read more

Features

  • Combo CD/DVD drive
  • Fast speeds--up to 40x
  • Dual-layer DVD burning
  • Reliable buffer underrun protection
  • One year warranty

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Big problems with read errors
For perfect DVDs, this drive is fast and smooth.However, when it encounters a bad block on a DVD, it spends over a minute fiddling with itself trying to read that precious block.Meanwhile, the movie is frozen.This makes it almost unusable for DVD playback.I broke a brand new Incredibles DVD from its case, and that played perfectly.But any DVD that has the slightest imperfection is a problem.

I haven't tested the recording capability.I was hoping to buy only 1 drive for both playback and recording.This one doesn't fit the bill.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reliable and Mac Friendly!
I recently purchased this Iomega burner to burn DVDs from my Mac ibook G4 (purchased in Jan 2004). Right out of the box, this drive was ready to go to work.Thus far, I am very pleased with my purchase.

Using third party sharware (available on www.mac.com) and Roxio Popcorn, I find it very easy to burn DVDs using my mac laptop.I did not install and presently do not use any of the programs provided by Iomega.Using other programs I have experienced very few errors, so I consider it reliable after using it to burn roughly 25 disks.I have not tried to burn data disks or record from a VCR.

With my processor speed, it takes about 20-30 minutes to burn and finalize a 4.7GB DVD-R.Having discussed this product with friends - processor speed will greatly impact the time it takes to burn a DVD.A friend with an older Mac Powerbook (at least 3yrs old) reports that it can take up to 2 hours to burn a disk, whereas another friend with a G4 ibook (only a few months old) says that he can burn a disk in 15 minutes or less.If you have an older computer, it may be worthwhile to upgrade the entire system before purchasing a drive like this one.

The drive weighs less than I expected - so it is compact and portable, if you wanted to take it somewhere or carry it in your backpack.By comparison,it weighs roughly half of the weight of my La Cie external harddrive.

When it's copying a disk, it does "hum," but the sound is by no means bothersome.

Additionally, there are some maufacturer's rebates floating around on the web (Spring 2005) and the price is steadily dropping on Amazon and elsewhere.I think this is a solid buy and Mac-users, don't fear, this drive will work.

2-0 out of 5 stars iomega products - always more hype than performance
I've always been a sucker for the iomega/bernoulli promise: a little hardware device with swappable media and big storage.

But true to form, this drive delivers a large bill of goods and is short on (third party) software fulfillment.

It did install nicely, although there are a updates to apply.The DVD reads smoothly over a network - perhaps due to the slow USB speed.The "Hot Burn" software makes an adequate cd/dvd data disk.But what frys me is the DVD movie creation software - it will not install at all -- says it wants windows media player 7.1 or greater -- is the top issue on the support website -- they have a lame fix and involves unstalling media player then reinstalling an earlier version.Right!

I also fell for the "REV" drive - boy does it's backup software bite the big one!

If you just want hardware to use folder options with you will be fine.I wish iomega wouldn't lo-ball with their third party included software.

3-0 out of 5 stars This USB DVD burner 16X (33068) is made by Lite-On !
I am testing this USB DVD burner after receiving 3 days. Be aware of this USB drive if you intend to use your owned solfware to burn DVD. Because you sometimes need to use a different burning DVD solfware to match with every entire drive on your PC's, this drive is easy to be hung up due to the speed of its USB 2.0 connection and its microcode. Everytime it happens to be hung up, you have to unplug the AC connector at back of PC. This is a worse case to be avoid in multiple disconnection of the main power plug. About double layer! Only one format on every PC is a basic concept of application. Two formats between single and double layer can not be used on the same PC for reading and writing on both single and double layer drives. For example, the format of a disk making from a single layer drive can not be used on a drive of double layer. Therefore, the burning DVD solfwares are very different between the old and new drives.
Other words, this drive is made by Lite-On company. It is an OEM product.
So far during testing, its drive is recognized by Window XP right away because it is certified by the big PC Window operation. The speed is of course slower than its spec due to USB connnection.
Finally the hung up problem is very tough for every company that is making a USB 2.0 DVD burner. This hung-up depends on the mother board, the speed of CPU and layout/design of each PC company. So its microcode drive needs to be updated time by time for improving its operation if its company wants to do so.

After 9 days of testing, the pros and cons are as follow.
PROS.
_Read and Write movie files are faster than any 16X internal drive on P4 533FSB and 800FSB of desktop.
_R/W is also fast enough at = or >1.6GHz on Centrino laptop.
_Write compress movie files without any errors and its format (compress file on a single layer) is played smoothly on any progressive scan DVD player.

CONS.
_R/W mode is very slow on P4 Mobile 2.0GHZ 400FSB on laptop.
_Time response to CPU through USB 2.0 is slow as easy to be hung up if mouse button is pressed during this burner on its incomplete stage. This means hitting mouse button too fast should get hung-up.
_USB 1.1 is not acceptable to play any movie on this burner.
_Removing USB connector without stopping UBS bus should get hung-up.
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15. HP DVD 630E DVD Writer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $233.32
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Asin: B0002XZPPK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 15236
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Product Description

DVD�R/�RW technology - now used in all HP DVD writer products - gives you maximum compatibility with DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives. So you can make your own DVD movies, transfer home videotapes to DVD, store all of your music, data files and photos, and take them with you for playback on other devices. HP's innovative double-layer recording technology lets you use double-layer DVDs to record almost twice as much video, photos, music and data as you can on single-layer DVDs. ... Read more

Features

  • CDs up to 40x
  • Double Layer Record
  • External Drive
  • DVD+R/+RW
  • DVDs up to 16x

16. Memorex 32023288 DVD Double-Layer Recorder 16x16 Dual Format External Drive
by Memorex
list price: $179.99
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B0007OWASE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Memorex
Sales Rank: 6267
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Product Description

The 16x Dual Format, Double-Layer DVD Recorder ushers DVD Recording into a new era. The dual format capability takes the guesswork out of choosing the right discs, while the double-layer feature allows for the creation of DVD+R9 discs with as much as 8.5 GB of data. A comprehensive and powerful software suite from Nero makes recording CDs and DVDs easy and fun.

Features
  • Built-in Flash-ROM for online upgradability
  • Built-in buffer underrun protection
  • Stylish silver and black design
  • Space-saving stand for propping drive on its side
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Features

  • Has USB 2.0 and Firewire Connectivity
  • Built-in Flash-ROM for online upgradability
  • Built-in buffer underrun protection
  • Stylish silver and black design
  • Space-saving stand for propping drive on its side

17. Primera Bravo II AutoPrinter 62715 All-in-One CD/DVD Printing System
by PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY (PRINTERS)
list price: $1,695.00
our price: $1,178.94
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Asin: B0001FUD3S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY (PRINTERS)
Sales Rank: 42774
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Product Description

The Bravo II AutoPrinter is Primera's newest and most advanced "all-in-one" disc printing system. Bravo II automatically prints full-color, 4800 dpi images directly onto the surface of CDs and DVDs. Bravo II AutoPrinter produces gorgeous, full-color CDs and DVDs in jobs of up to 50 discs at a time. It automatically feeds discs into and out of the printer and is the perfect companion to the tower-style duplicator you may already own - all for a price that's about the same as other manual disc printers! Bravo II is ideal for printing either one at a time, unique discs or jobs of up to 50 identical discs at a time. Bravo II incorporates stunning, full-color printing at up to 4800 dpi - the best in the industry. You'll be able to produce discs that look as professional as any you've ever seen using high- resolution text, graphics and even photos. With Bravo II, you'll also benefit from Primera's AccuDisc Technology. This suite of hardware and firmware enhancements provides the most accurate and precise disc picking available today. Utilizing advanced LED optics instead of mechanical components, AccuDisc eliminates misalignment of the pick mechanism. It also prevents the feeding of double discs into the printer tray- a common problem with other picking systems. ... Read more

Features

  • Networkable and PC/Mac compatible
  • Up to 50-disc capacity
  • 4800 dpi color inkjet printing
  • USB 2.0 high-speed interface
  • Includes professional CD/DVD software

18. Lite-On 52x32x52 Internal CD-RW Drive
by LiteOn

our price: $60.99
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Asin: B0000C454M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: LiteOn
Sales Rank: 2510
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

LiteOn's mission is to consistently meet or exceed its customers' expectations by providing solutions with outstanding performance, competitiveness, and punctuality.PRODUCT FEATURES:The shortest physical drive length design, 170mm only;Innovated SMART-BURN technology to automatically check media quality and set limit to burning speed to ensure successful writing sessions and data retainability;Buffer underrun error free and automatically adjust writing strategy plus running OPC to meet various burning condition;SMART-X supporting high speed DAE & VCD extraction for copying;VAS (Vibration Absorber System) to reduce vibration & noise during recording and reading;Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn;Support formats of CD Family, CD-R and CD-RW discs (up to 99min);Support Mt.Rainier;Conforms to Orange Book Part 2, 3, Volume 2: High Speed and MMC2 commands;Plug and Play Device with Emergency Manual Eject function. ... Read more

Features

  • Smart-Burn technology automatically sets optimal burning speed
  • 52x write/ 32x rewrite/ 52x read
  • ATAPI/EIDE interface
  • 80 ms typical access time
  • 2MB cache prevents Buffer Under Run error

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars No Sales Receipt with Order
I received this drive from Circuit City and there was no sales receipt with the order. I notified Circuit City that I would like a sales receipt in case I needed warranty service. Needless to say I never received it.

Hasta la vista Circuit City--I'll shop elsewhere from now on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lite-On Is Write-On!!
After my Yamaha EZ3200 bit the dust after a year (run don't walk away from any Yamaha cd-writer....they no longer manufactur cd-writers and will not provideany support for them), I needed a quick replacement.Enter this Lite-On CD-RW.Not only is the cost terrific, but it is was a breeze to install.I've been usingthis writer andNero software for about 2 months now. I've just made it through my first 50-pack of cd-rs and have not burned one coaster yet! I would recommend this writer to anyone looking for a effective and inexpensive replacement for their old or burned out cd-writer.
****April 2005 Update....still burning strong!!!****

1-0 out of 5 stars Must have got a lemon
Bought this unit on newegg.com for a much better price. I had an easy install replacing my old cdrom/dvd drive. I was very pleased for two weeks. I only used the thing about four times. About two weeks after installtion I tried to open the tray and it didn't open. I also have a zip drive on the secondary IDE which was also dead. I took the drive out and put my old cd drive in and everything worked again. I emailed liteon support. Ten days later they responded. They gave all the right steps to reinstall, but this unit is dead. I wouldn't buy this one again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Nice
Yea its pretty good.. and yea those reviews are a little cheesy lol

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Drive but these reviews are worthless
What in the world... 5 people just happened to post gushing reviews for this drive on the same day.
Right.
AMZ, you may want to do some checking into these.

oh, yea, the drive is fine, although i thought it cost a bit more than it's worth. IMHO. ... Read more


19. Plextor PX-716UF - DVDRW (dual layer) drive - Hi-Speed USB/IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ( PX-716UF/SW-BK )
by Plextor
list price: $229.99
our price: $222.29
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Asin: B00068S5K8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 28503
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Dual Layer! Great Quality Plextor 16X External DVD Burner The PX-716UF DVD DVD±R/RW external IEEE 1394 and Hi-Speed USB drive from Plextor® offers all the advantages of the company’s legendary CD-RW drives. Along with double layer and dual format capabilities, the PX-716UF is supported by Intelligent Recording technology to enhance your recording activities. The drive achieves blazing fast 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes. This superb drive also supports dual-layer DVD media, enabling users to burn up to four hours of high-quality digital data. For years, Plextor® has been the most trusted name in CD and DVD drives for professional use. The Plextor PX-716UF offers exceptional performance, best quality recording at the fastest speed and ease of use. It’s the ultimate 16 DVD burner to enhance your recording capabilities. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Software Ever
I like the drive. I upgraded from a 708UF. However the Roxio Software that ships with the drive is very unstable. As a matter of fact it installs a packet writer driver that will tear up your system. You can not uninstall this software unless you uninstall all the included software.

The only way I can keep my computer from constantly rebooting is to turn off the 716UF.

Plextor has been no help. The only comment they had was to take the drive back for a refund.

Im currently using the software that came with my 708 drive and if I had the chance I would return the 716uf drive but my daugter managed to grab my 708 drive so Im stuck.

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20. LaCie Slim Combo 24x CDRW and 8X DVD-ROM USB2.0 design by FA Porsche includes Easy CD Creator, DVDMax player, bus powered*
by Lacie
list price: $124.99
our price: $109.24
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Asin: B0000YB7V2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 3197
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Product Description

The LaCie Slim Combo CD-RW Drive allows you to make your own CDs wherever you happen to be. ... Read more

Features

  • Custom CD burning on the go
  • Hi-Speed USB connection USB2.o bus powered*
  • Slender, portable body
  • DVD-ROM for watching DVD movies

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