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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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5. Sony DRU-800A Internal ATAPI/EIDE
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6. PIONEER DVR-A09XL Internal Double
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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. PIONEER DVR-A09XL Internal Double Layer DVD Writer - Black Bezel
by Pioneer
list price: $129.99
our price: $105.44
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Asin: B0007M60ZK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Sales Rank: 2220
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pioneer Internal Double Layer DVD/CD Writer. 16X Speed! Pioneer’s continues to blaze ingenious new trails in high-performance electronics! ... Read more

Features

  • Write Speeds - up to 6x Double Layer DVD+R, 16x DVD-R, 16x DVD+R, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+RW, 40x CD-R, & 24x CD-RW
  • Installs internally into a Windows-based PC via IDE
  • Quiet Drive - internal retooling used in conjunction with the performance adjusting firmware reduces operating noise up to 75% (compared to Pioneer DVR-A06
  • Performance Adjusting Firmware - automatically adjusts between Performance mode and Quiet mode. Achieves an ideal solution by lowering disc rotation
  • Color - Black Bezel

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Won't fit your case.
I am the fourth review and the third to complain that the tray bezel won't fit my computer case. The tray won't even open because the idiots at Pioneer decided to make the front of the tray be as big as the entire drive! Very poor engineering. I wish that I could tell you how it performs but I have to take it back without even getting a chance to see the tray open. And the worst part of it is that there was absolutely no need for the drive to be designed this way. They were simply trying to make it look "pretty". Fools... they are going to be getting a lot of drives returned.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I bought this drive after having some issues with a Sony DRU-720A.This drive performs wonderfully.It runs very quietly.I have not yet burned a dual layer DVD (they are rather expensive) so I can't comment on that aspect of the drive's performance.Also, the tray eject motor sounds strong and very much up to the task.(It really bothers me when a drive sounds like it barely has enough power to eject the tray.)The only complaint I have is that I had to do some trimming to the plastic fascia on my case to accomodate the drive's wide tray.There isn't much more to say: it just works great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Great Burner
Just recently purchased the A09XL (first dvd player/writer for my PC) and it's great.It runs so quiet, the fan in my tower actually makes more noise.No trouble whatsoever in reading/writing, very fast at that (using 8x DVD+R at this moment).

The one problem I ran into, and you may want to check into this first, is that it didn't quite fit in my case.The way that the tray is setup on the writer (width is the entire width of the writer itself instead of leaving 1/4" or so on each side), my case wouldn't allow the tray to clear each side of the face on my case.When I had the writer in the top bay of my case, it wouldn't clear the top either (the tray is at the top of the writer).So I had to move it down to the second bay and also use my Dremel to make some "modifications" to my case so that it would clear the sides.The actual width of the tray (and the unit itself) is 5-27/32", so make sure your case can handle this unless you plan on doing some "modifications" of your own.

No stars taken away since I think it's a Dell thing, this model probably really isn't meant for upgrading.

FYI, the PC I'm referencing is a Dell Dimension 2400, so your results may vary depending how your case is setup.

After that was all cleared up though, it's been smooth sailing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice indeed
I have owned this drive for five weeks now and have been very pleased with it.I have burned dozens of DVDs so far, and the only coasters (ruined discs) I have turned out I would attribute to using inferior media.I ordered what I thought was 16x premium brand DVD-Rs from another online store and I received some generic 4x media.I tried the discs anyway and the results were poor.
However, I have had 100% success with Verbatim, Memorex, and Staples store brand 16x and 8x media.The 8x Memorex discs even burn at 12x.
I have not found a 16x disc yet that will actually burn at 16x speed.Pioneer recently released another firmware update, though, and I am hopeful that support for this speed will begin to become more common.That said, this drive is fast.I have burned full DVDs (single layer) in five minutes.
I also appreciate how quiet this drive is.My machine also has a 52x Samsung CD-RW drive in it, but I find I am not using it anymore because the new Pioneer drive's motor is so much quieter.
Anyway, I do recommend this drive.My hope now is that it lasts a long problem free life. ... Read more


7. Sony DRX710UL DVD+R Double Layer External DVD+-RW Drive (16x)
by Sony

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Asin: B000636FJG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2947
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony Storage (Optical and Tape) (DRX-710UL) 2.4 Double Layer 16x DVD RW US ... Read more

Features

  • Award winning Nero™ Software bundle for burning all your video, music and data to DVD or CD
  • Compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional Operating Systems
  • Burns DVD+R discs at 16X maximum
  • Burns 8.5 GB DVD+R DL (Double Layer)1 discs, capable of storing up to 4 hours of MPEG-2 Video on single sided disc with 2 recording layers
  • Burns standard 4.7 GB DVD+/- R and DVD+/- RW Discs and CD-R/RW

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work, bad service
The DVD burner connected very easily through USB, was immediately recognized by WinXP, the software installation was fine. I was beginning to feel good. However, whenever I burned a DVD (I tried 4 different brands, some R, some RW etc...), several files would contain errors, and would be completely unreadable. The burning process moreover does not detect this: one needs to verify the data written to check and find these errors. Moreover, the firmware update just does not work on my machine, pardon, machineS. Completely standard Dell machines, all latest WinXP and drivers, good CPUs (3Ghz and up), lots of memory, big hard-drives. I called customer service to try to solve the problem. First of all the average waiting time to get to a technician was about 30 minutes. The rudeness and the plain lies these guys give you are amazing. To make a long story short, I had to call 3 times. First guy: oh, "of course it doesn't work, you have EasyCD creator installed!". Ok, I buy it, I go through the (painful) uninstallation process of Roxio's software. No problems solved. Second guy: "Oh, of course it does not work, it requires 10Gb of free hard-drive space! It's written on the box". Plain lie: on the box it says you need 10Gb for NeroVision (for burning videos), but only 1Gb for Nero. Quarrel (they are tough!) with the guy who could not care less about the fact I got him lying, or that the product description is wrong. Ok, patiently I freed up 10Gb from hard drive, try again, exactly same problem. The only thing they could offer in the end was a replacement. I got perhaps relative lucky because the replacement will be a 720, not a 710, since 710 is not manufactured anymore (wonder why?). Notice I tried this on two different machines (one laptop and one desktop), with identical results.
Other lie: I noticed, as somebody else here, that the Nero software provided writes only on Sony drives: so if Nero is really the only software that should be installed because of conflicts with Roxio (et al.?), you will never be able to use your own CD drive to burn CDs. How ridicolous is that???? The technician said this is because I had both software(s) installed, but that was another lie.
The incompetence of these guys is beyond belief. If the new drive will not work, I hopefully will get a refund through my credit card. You know, the technician even said that that is not possible, credit cards companies do not do that (LOL).

2-0 out of 5 stars Good drive when it works, but warranty support is AWFUL.
I am on my third drive now, thanks to the first two breaking. Sony sent me the 720UL as a replacement for my 710UL, but it's the same drive with the exception of some faster burn times and the 720UL doesn't support MAC OS.

The Sony Service Center in Manning, IA gave me a huge runaround... first they agreed to pay for return shipping on the second defective drive. Then they called me back 2 hours later and refused to pay for the shipping. What a joke.

Good drive when it works, but may god have mercy on you if it breaks after the return period.

2-0 out of 5 stars Software problem to be aware of
The machine works wonderfully, looks good; but people should be aware of a small, potent problem with the software.If you have (say) an internal CD-RW drive, and you're running Nero for it, this Sony DVD burner comes with its own version of Nero that wipes out your other version.And, this version of Nero will REFUSE to recognize a non-Sony burner of any sort.So, that's the end of your internal CD-RW drive!I bought this Sony for an office, intending to move it from machine to machine as needed, but this awful feature means I can't use it that way, because I would end up incapacitating everyone's CD burners.So, I have to keep it dedicated to a single machine.Might as well have bought an internal!What a design flaw, in an otherwise wonderful device!Whether or not this issue is of immediate concern to you, you really ought to be aware of it before you buy the machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Install and Works Perfectly
The good: Windows XP recognizes it.All you do is plug it in.I already had roxio software installed, and it recognized it as a drive, so I didn't bother installing the supplied software.

I burned a CD about 5 minutes after opening the box.What a joy.

It comes with a power cable , a USB cable and a firewire cable.You'll want to get a pack of DVD+R, which is the fastest format it writes.I haven't upgraded the firmware to get other formats to work faster, so I don't know if I could have bought something else to shove inside.

It's quiet: as quiet as my internal CD-RW drive.

The sort of bad:
It's pretty big.It's the size of an 8 port network hub.But as others have said, it comes with a stand, so it really doesn't take up much space when you stand it on its side with the stand.Unlike other smaller items that came with a stand, I really used the stand because it would take up too much space otherwise.

It will lock up your PC now and again.Not all the time, but occasionally.Would a firmware upgrade solve the problem?Who knows, I don't have the guts to try it!I'll report back on how often this happens on windows XP.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent burner, but why the Nero software (...)?
I purchased this burner a few weeks ago. After struggling a bit to get it to work properly, it seems to burn discs reasonable well, despite being rather noisy.

My concern is with the Nero software provided. Like most people, I rip audio CD tracks to MP3 format. This would seem to be a most basic feature of any media software. However, I was very surprised to learn this software requires the user to purchase an additional MP3 module at the cost of $20 once the free limit has been reached. That limit is 25 tracks, so you will be good for one, maybe two CDs before stumbling upon this "now you see it" feature. I can only wonder what other surprises await me.

Sony should be embarrassed for going along with this disreputable practice. ... Read more


8. HP 640VI Lightscribe 16X Dual/Double DVD-RW
by LITE-ON IT CORPORATION
list price: $99.99
our price: $91.19
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Asin: B0007VNGO4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: LITE-ON IT CORPORATION
Sales Rank: 2535
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Personality to Burn! HP 640i DVD Writer with LightScribe Software Add your own personality and flair to your photo, video and music collections. HP’s dvd640i DVD writer, with LightScribe software included, allows you to create labels adorned with professional looking images and text for each DVD or CD your burn. This internal, double-layer DVD±R/±RW drive gives you a simple, affordable way to conveniently preserve, transport and share you videos, photos and music. You can store up to 8.5 GB of data, video, music and more on one double-layer disc! That’s almost twice as much as single-layer DVDs hold. And if you want to personalize your DVDs and CDs, simply flip your LightScribe disc over and burn your label! It’s as simple as that! No more pens, printers or peeling paper. HP’s dvd640i DVD writer - giving you personality to burn at an incredibly low price. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 MB buffer
  • Internal, double-layer DVD±R/±RW drive; also burns CDs
  • Store up to 8.5 GB of data, video, music and more on one double-layer disc
  • Burn a CD or DVD, then flip the disc over and burn on a durable, permanent label that won't peel off or get sticky and jam in your DVD writer/reader
  • 40x CD-R, 8x DVD-R, 2.4x DVD+R dual-layer

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Lot's of failed burns
I am on my second drive now, the first had to be sent back. It barely worked and finally the tray wouldn't even open. The first and current drive had many failures. I mostly burn DVD's of home movies and have had to throw out as many DVD's as have been successfully burned. I now use the lightscribe for labeling only. I have burned one good label out of 1 attempt on the replacement drive, the first drive failed 2 out of 3 attempts. The old Plextor external DVD drive has been much more reliable burning DVD's. I have yet to try a burn of a CD, but would assume it works fine for that, but that's not the real reason to own one of these drives. I have not yet tried a dual layer, but based on current results, I would not expect it to perform well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice product
I just bought this today at Wal-Mart and after burning the free sample CD included, I am very impressed. I can't wait to see how far this technology will go!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool
I've had my drive for 2 weeks and the labels look great! Verbatim makes both CD-Rs and DVDs for lightscribe and these are readily available on the net. The drive is a little slow-20 to 30 minutes for a label.Realistically I might burn 1 or 2 a day and the burn time has not been a problem for me. I sure liked throwing away my sticky label mess!

2-0 out of 5 stars Burn DVD "Labels"? Oh really?
I've yet to see any blank DVDs for sale that are compatible with this Lightscribe system.CDs, yes, but DVDs? Not even onHP's website.Search Amazon and you'll find a product from Memorex that is, suspiciously, not available.Wish they'd change the promotional copy, or, if I'm missing something, I wish they'd make it clear where to find inScribeable DVDs.

I've used it for a couple of CDs, and it does look kinda cool, but it takes a long time, particularly at the advanced quality setting (don't bother, you'll hardly notice a difference), but I wouldn't base a computer purchasing decision on it. It came standard on my new Pavilion A1039n, which is doing great so far, no complaints-- unlike the lemon A630n which I purchased 1.30.05 and am STILL fighting with HP about.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great drive
Especially for the money. Easy to install, great software bundle to boot. I simply love the drive. Now, a little skinny on the media. As of now (3-23-05) the dual layer DVD's are about 3-4 bucks a piece. They are convenient, but as of right now, you pay for that. The light scribe technology is also not free. Light scribe cd-r's, which you must use to get the light scribe to write a label, adds about .40 cents per cd-r. Does not sound like a lot, but buy a 100 cd-r's and this adds up!!! The technology is cool, it takes about 20 minutes and you have a really cool (greyscale) label imprinted on the cd. No labels, using sharpies etc. The speed of the drive is fantastic. 16X for a DVD is really flying as of now. You can't beat this drive, just don't get too excited about the technology it uses at this time, you pay for convenience. All that being said, the short falls of the drive are not the actual drive's fault, it will just take some time for the media to drop in price, and it will. ... Read more


9. 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.

(Dr. Simeon Hein is the author of Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance.(Mount Baldy Press, Inc.))

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


10. Sony VRDVC20 DVDirect DVD Recorder
by Sony

our price: $270.74
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Asin: B00092PV6C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1915
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Product Description

DVDDIRECT USB2.0 DVD+-RW DL EXT SA 48X/24X/48X/16 ... Read more

Features

  • Can also be connected to computer via USB 2.0 connection for up to 16x DVD burning
  • Makes home movie DVDs you can easily share and enjoy
  • Connects directly to your camcorder or VCR, no PC required
  • Compatible wtih i.LINK/FireWire through DV input
  • Records on DVD+R/+RW discs and DVD+R DL double layer discs

11. 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


12. Sony DRU710A Internal Double Layer DVD Writer
by Sony
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0002VS9ZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 10991
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony Storage (Optical and Tape) (DRU710A) x16x Double Layer DVDRW ... Read more

Features

  • Wide Range of Compatible DVD+R/+RW Media
  • Write Speeds - Up to 2.4x Double Layer DVD+R, 16x Single Layer DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-RW, 48x CD-R, & 24x CD-RW
  • Read Speeds - Up to 16x DVD-ROM and 48x CD-ROM
  • Buffer Underrun Protection Technology
  • PC compatible and requires Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home, or Windows XP Professional

Reviews (10)

1-0 out of 5 stars rubbish sony writers
Don't buy sony dvd writers . I bought one . it will hardly write to anything, , I have made lots of coaters!. e-mailing Sony only produces standardised responses and no real help. I have an expensive paperweight, having replaced it for a decent writer

4-0 out of 5 stars great product
this is a great product.

I have no problems in burn DVDs data films etc..

Very easy to install and it was reconized by my XP.

I really recommend this product for everyone, I have a Sony CD-RW for more than 5 years and is still working nicely. I hope this DVD drive will do the same.

Thumbs UP for Sony and this DVD-RW.

5-0 out of 5 stars Has worked flawlessly
My wife bought me the drive (yes, I dropped the hint on the make/model -well, if by hinting you mean printed it out on 11x17, leaving it on her desk, covering her keyboard :) )
Anyway, it was purchased in the middle of December 2004, and has more than paid for itself by making DVDs, backing up my favorite DVDs (special software in some cases, of course) etc.I have had absolutely NO problems with it.I use name-brand blanks (FujiFilm, Sony, Memorex, etc) CDs and DVDs.Its worked like a top.The only coasters I made were my fault, thanks to tinkering.If you leave the defaults alone, you should be fine.But the drive has capabilities to play with, if you so desire.
I kick it along with a 2ghz Windowz 2000pro machine sporting half a gig of RAM (next order of business, more RAM).
I'd buy another in a heartbeat.No problem.
Note, its not my first Sony Drive, but I've also owned quite a few of drives from various manufacturers (including generic CD burners, etc), and I tend to push things to their limits.If it can break, I'll certainly break it.If I break it, and its my fault, then I don't blame the manufacturer (but it had better be able to do what they say it can).
Questions?feel free to write!
broke@tampabay.rr.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Drive
This drive has exceeded my expectations. It is fast, reliable, comes with an excellent software bundle, and is VERY competitively priced.

After reading some other negative reviews, I have a couple of hints. First, use NAME BRAND blank media. You would be amazed at how much of a difference this makes in compatibility. Phillips, Memorex, TDK.... these are the brands you want to go with. Some of the lesser known brands do not write properly and work in fewer TV dvd units. Keep in mind that the quality/features of your TV dvd player may be a factor in whether or not burned dvd's will work at all. Second, if you are having problems burning/verifying a dvd, make sure it is set to 8x speed, as most media available right now is only good up to that speed. If you try to set the speed at 16x you will undoubtably mess up your burn.

So... in other words... buy high quality media, keep your settings where they should be, and have fun using this drive, because it is great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Does not Read Some CD's On First Try
Pros:
Fast
Burns DVDs Great
Sony

Cons
Doesnt Read some cd's on first insert, have to reinsert cd's then it works. Reads all DVDs perfectly doh. ... Read more


13. 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


14. Pioneer DVR-S806 External Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Writer (16x, 4x Dual-Layer)
by Pioneer
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00066EK2M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Sales Rank: 4112
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pioneer Price Break 16X, Dual-Layer External DVD Writer Pioneer presents this world-fastest dual-layer external DVD writer to meet the demands of those who seek legendary quality, flawless performance and industry-leading burning speed. Dual-layer DVD offers an incredible 8.5GB of storage capacity, nearly double the standard 4.7GB configuration. As a result you’ll be able to copy twice as much data! Plus, the Pioneer External DVD Writer’s amazing 16X write speed delivers phenomenal production. Enjoy Pioneer’s legendary quality at our incredibly low price. ... Read more

Features

  • Writes to DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R DL (dual-layer), CD-R, CD-RW
  • Up to 16x recording speed (DVD-R, DVD+R), up to 4x recording speed (DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+DL)
  • Up to 32x recording speed (CD-R), up to 24x recording speed (CD-RW)
  • Offers a choice of FireWire or USB 2.0 connection
  • Includes Nero and U-Lead software on CD-ROM

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great and Easy DVD/CD Burner! More like 4 1/2 stars!
The Pioneer DVR-S806 doesn't look flashy, but rather simple. And the good part is that the operation is also very simple. It's a handy unit that can be placed vertically or horizontally. The connectivity is convenient too as it has the FireWire IEEE 1394 connections and the USB. To begin with it's best to immediately install the supplied Software disk in order to be able to burn DVDs and CDs.
Some things that bothered me that during the burning process if the files surpassed the disk capacity the CD-R would not be finalized and such a CD-R was longer be usable -- there should be some sort of indication before the burning process to let the user know of this or that disk can be used. Also on the speed of CD-R media there were a few problems regarding that during the burning process suddenly a message popped up that the burner can't burn at this speed, and then this particular CD-R once again was no longer usable.
It probably just takes some fine-tuning on the user's part to use the correct DVD and CD media for burning, etc. The final product is perfect and there are no complaints. CDs (the CD-R media) are immediately playable in any CD player as well as the DVDs (DVD-/+R media) in most DVD players (let's put it this way that I had no problems at all with the DVD players that I used).
Although everything works fine and I think this is a top-quality reliable product at a great low price, I don't feel like giving it 5 stars because of the little thing/lack of initial info with regarding CD-Rs, but maybe other burners are the same.
The Pioneer DVR-S806 is a great unit and if lost or whatever, I'd buy it in a heartbeat again -- I think it's one of the best units at the best price out there. ... Read more


15. LaCie External Porsche-Designed 16x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Drive (USB2.0, Model 300776U)
by Lacie

our price: $112.80
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Asin: B00068S58K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 4325
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This all-in-one rewritable drive features four DVD formats in a single device and can be connected to any PC or Macintosh computer, making it the most versatile drive around. Large 8.5GB double layer DVD+R9 media is ideal for backing up computer systems or archiving MP3 libraries on a single disc. ... Read more

Features

  • Double layer 8.5GB DVD recording
  • Burn audio, video and MP3 compilations
  • 16x 4x 12x DVD±RW, 4x DVD+R DL, 32x24x40x CDRW
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Software includes - Easy CD & DVD Creator, DVD Max Player (PC)`

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for the price
I bought this external dvd burner for my old laptop (year 2000 model with 512 MB memory) about one month back and I had no problem so far. I have burned around 75 DVDs (16x, 8x), 10 CDs. Because my laptop is an old one it took around 1 hour to burn each 8x DVD, but when I borrowed my friends laptop (which is year 2004 model with 256 MB memory) each 8x DVD was burned in about 5 minutes. Amazing difference a new laptop made.

Pros: This burner works so qietly, I am really impressed. Easily plugged in, no errors or issues so far.

Cons: No documentation or manual comes with the product whatsoever. I had to rely on their website (www.lacie.com) for some information.

4-0 out of 5 stars it's OK but not in vertical positon as picture above
Mine works fine with 8x discs and Nero Ultra 6. Amazon has the wrong picture and actual Model 300776U cannot be used in vertical position for space saving. There is no stand either. You can put it on the PC horizontally if it's for PC. I sometimes used with my Compaq notebook. It's cool and quiet. Other than the positon, it's fine with single layered DVD+R/-Rs for 3 months now. I don't give 5 stars because I haven't triedwith Double layered discs yet as well as tech support... who knows? ... you may need it one day... So far, this is much better than Plextor EXTERNAL PX-708UF with extremely slow speed and poor tech support.

1-0 out of 5 stars Burnt out my USB hub
On paper the product looked great. And the box is small and sleek. But when my drive arrived and I followed the directions and plugged it into my USB hub I got complaints from my usb bus along the lines of 'voltage overload'. And I smelt a burning plastic. It never worked, and I think my hub and one of the ports on my USB card are now burnt out. I was not impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price!!!
I'm happy with it!!. You can make back up on DVDs and is external excellent for people like me with a labtop. I have a 1Gb memory in my camara and every time that I copy all my pictures to the 60Gb disk of my labtop I have less space. I bought it because I was without space on my hardisk. With tradicional CDs to backup 40Gb you needs around 60 CDs but with DVDs you can do it with less than 10 (and if you use doble layer you can use the half)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hope it works better soon...
Just received the writer ! ! but immediately had problems with it specially when trying to copy from DVD to DVD, Popcorn stops, have to uninstall and reinstall popcorn to make it work again, still waiting for the response from Lacie's support. ... Read more


16. 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


17. PIONEER DVR-A09XL Internal Double Layer DVD Writer - Silver Bezel
by Pioneer
list price: $129.99
our price: $105.44
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Asin: B0007M60ZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Sales Rank: 9939
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Product Description

Peerless Pioneer! Internal DVD/CD Writer New from Pioneer! This superb internal DVD/CD writer boasting 16 x 16 maximum DVD writing speed and 6x double layer compatibility. Driven by peerless Pioneer digital technology. Now available at our incomparably low pricing! The Pioneer DVR-A09XLC plus the complete software package included allows you to create personal DVD videos, make digital photo slideshows, burn music CDs and back up your data files. Pioneer quality at a remarkably affordable cost. Order your Pioneer DVR-A09XLC today! ... Read more

Features

  • Write Speeds - up to 6x Double Layer DVD+R, 16x DVD-R, 16x DVD+R, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+RW, 40x CD-R, & 24x CD-RW
  • Installs internally into a Windows-based PC via IDE
  • Quiet Drive - internal retooling used in conjunction with the performance adjusting firmware reduces operating noise up to 75% (compared to Pioneer DVR-A06
  • Performance Adjusting Firmware - automatically adjusts between Performance mode and Quiet mode. Achieves an ideal solution by lowering disc rotation
  • Color - Silver Bezel

18. Lite-On 16X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Writer
by Lite-On
list price: $109.99
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Asin: B0006U8B9Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lite-On
Sales Rank: 8445
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

* ATAPI/ E-IDE Half-Height internal DVD+R/ DVD+RW/ DVD-R/ DVD-RW/ DVD+R9/ DVD-ROM/ CD-R/ CD-RW/ CD-ROM combination drive * Support Double Layer DVD+R9 Recording Function * SMART-BURN® avoiding Buffer Under Run error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality(*1) * SMART-X® Smart Monitoring & Adjusting Read-speed Technology for eXtraction(*2) * VAS® to reduce vibration & noise during recording & reading(*3) * Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn * DVD read compliant: DVD single/dual layer (PTP, OTP), DVD-R(3.9G/4.7G), DVD-R multi-borders, DVD+R, DVD+R multi-sessions, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW * CD read compliant: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/ XA, Phto-CD, Multi-session, Karaoke-CD, Video-CD, CD-I FMV, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD-R, and CD-RW * Support both 8cm and 12cm disc of CD and DVD family * Conform to Orange Book: Part 2 CD-R Volume 1, Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 (1X, 2X AND 4X), Part 3 CD-RW Volume 2: High Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 3: Ultra Speed * Supported transfer mode: PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2 and Ultra DAM mode 2 * 1 SMART-BURN®: Smart Monitoring & Adapting Recording Technology for BURNing. * 2 SMART-X®: Smart Monitoring & Adjusting Read-speed Technology for eXtraction. * 3 VAS®: Vibration Absorber System ... Read more

Features

  • Write: DVD+R 16X(21600KB/sec) by Z-CLV / DVD-R 8X(10800KB/sec) by Z-CLV / DVD+R9 2.4X(3240KB/sec) by CLV
  • ReWrite : DVD+RW 4X(5400KB/sec) by CLV / DVD-RW 4X(5400KB/sec) by CLV
  • Read : 16X(16200KB/sec) maxmium by CAV
  • Buffer Size: 2MB

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Performance, User friendly
I got this drive, in black, for Christmas this year.Let me tell you, I am so glad I did.I have a Dell Dimension and installation took a total of about ten minutes and I used nothing more than a pair of scissors, to get the package open, and a philips head screwdriver.Popped open the case, removed my old CD-RW and added my new DVD-RW and plugged it in to my IDE cable in the same position as my old drive.You then need to connect the wire that clips to the sound card.Then I just booted the machine.With WindowsXP Home there was no need to load any drivers, it was automatically recognized and configured.Everything worked on the first try.I have done these types of installs before so I never bothered to read the instructions until I was finished.However I can tell you that the instructions provided are very clear and detailed.But this is not a hard install to do, so if you have never done anything like this before, it is a good project to start with.

Now I have two DVD drives, since I had a DVD-ROM that came with the Dell.With the addition of the Nero software, which comes with the new drive, I am able to put a DVD in my reader, and a blank dvd in my DVD-RW and do a disc copy without writing an entire dvd to my hard drive, which saves a lot of time and space.But I am getting off topic.

This drive is very fast and does a great job with both DVD's and CD's.It is quiet as well and since it is so fast it doesn't have to run constantly as most slower drives.I have burned a number of DVD's since installing this drive and have had ZERO errors thus far.Not one problem or even slight bump in the road.For the money you cannot find a better burner. If you are even thinking of making this purchase, just do it. ... Read more


19. LaCie External Porsche-Designed 16x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Drive (FireWire, Model 300775U)
by Lacie
list price: $149.00
our price: $127.29
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Asin: B00068S5TO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lacie
Sales Rank: 8500
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Product Description

Lacie 16x Double Layer DVD±RW 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 - ExternalConveniently compatible with DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW media, the LaCie Dual DVD Drive lets you choose the DVD format and optical media you'd like to use for your personal projects. This multi-format drive with fast FireWire interface can be used to store nearly twice as much data as current DVD media - 8.5GB on a single-sided, double layer DVD+R9 disc. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theLacie 300775U - 16X P5 DVD+-R/RW DOUBLE LAYER EXTERNAL FIREWIRE DRIVE and all other Lacie CD / CDRW ... Read more

Features

  • Double layer 8.5GB DVD recording
  • Burn audio, video and MP3 compilations
  • 16x 4x 12x DVD±RW, 4x DVD+R DL, 32x24x40x CDRW
  • FireWire interface
  • Software includes - Easy CD & DVD Creator, DVDMax player(PC), toast lite (Mac).

20. 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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