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    Best value DVD-RW

    What is the best DVD-RW with good speeds of reading and writing for under £20
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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    get a samsung or asus is fine.

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    Quote Originally Posted by usxhe190 View Post
    get a samsung or asus is fine.
    Fine? Yeah, but there is no reason to go with them with NEC and the big P on the market.

    Get either a NEC (now NEC+Sony) or a Pioneer. They are both pretty much the industry standards when it comes to DVDRW drives
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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    i'd rate my samsung s203b above the optiarc (sony/nec) 7170s I had before it easily

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Get either a NEC (now NEC+Sony) or a Pioneer. They are both pretty much the industry standards when it comes to DVDRW drives
    Got my vote for Nec+Sony (sold under the Optiarc brand). I had a Samsung and it was rubbish, maybe a bad sample, but I won't touch them again.

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

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    Got my vote for Nec+Sony (sold under the Optiarc brand). I had a Samsung and it was rubbish, maybe a bad sample, but I won't touch them again.
    which model samsung?

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

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    which model samsung?
    The SH-S183

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    I have a Samsung SH-S183A with the latest (vSB03) firmware and so far it has been very good.....
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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    To be honest, you can't really go by brand. For instance, the Pioneer 111 is considered one of the best burner. On the other hand, earlier 112 were plagued with problems (the one I am using, which was manufactured later seems fine).

    As far as I know, the recent Samsung are actually well received amongst 'DVD-RW enthusiasts'. I've read that the latest Optiarc (AD-7190A) is actually a rebadged Lite-On. Take it as you will.

    That said, my impression is that picking a DVD-RW these days is almost like picking a 7200RPM HD. Sometime you do end up with one that's problematic, but for most part they are not hugely different.
    Last edited by TooNice; 11-10-2007 at 11:20 PM.

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    i have had two sony aw-g170a bought over this year ones flaky others dead and im still running the same cake of 50 dvd's so dont use them much

    im sticking with LG
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=661480
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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    I've had the Pioneer 104, 108, 110, 111 and currently have the 112DBK (PATA) and 212BK (SATA).

    I've never had a problem with either of them (touch wood), the drives I currently have run smoothly, they've read everything I've thrown at them, although they can be a bit slow to read the disc upon load and are at times of fast reads/writes slightly loud but great drives all round.

    It's all about what you feel comfortable with and what your needs are, for example, is noise a concern? IDE (PATA) or SATA?

    Happy hunting!

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    Re: Best value DVD-RW

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Fine? Yeah, but there is no reason to go with them with NEC and the big P on the market.

    Get either a NEC (now NEC+Sony) or a Pioneer. They are both pretty much the industry standards when it comes to DVDRW drives
    Yes, Samsung or Asus is FINE. I don't like Optiarc. If you want to pay more for Pioneer, good for you. Samsung SHS203 is also pretty quiet and dones the job. £18.44 including VAT seems like a good deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usxhe190 View Post
    Yes, Samsung or Asus is FINE. I don't like Optiarc. If you want to pay more for Pioneer, good for you. Samsung SHS203 is also pretty quiet and dones the job. £18.44 including VAT seems like a good deal.
    Yes, I know they are FINE (ISN'T CAPS COOL?!?! ), but IMO there is better out there.

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    Thanks, has anyone got a drive inparticualr that is good for gaming (quick reading times) and has a good burn/write speed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pompalomp View Post
    Thanks, has anyone got a drive inparticualr that is good for gaming (quick reading times) and has a good burn/write speed?
    Read the specs (read/burn speeds, data transfer rates, Buffer sizes etc) for the drives mentioned, but if the games you are playing rely on real time CDROM access, you would be better off copying the CD/DVD to a hard drive and reading the data from there.
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