The Traders' Den  

  The Traders' Den > Where we go to learn ..... > Technobabble
 

Notices

Technobabble Post your general Need for Help questions here.
Lossy or Lossless?
Moderators

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 2007-10-15, 02:21 PM
cubbiephan cubbiephan is offline
127.11 GB/109.34 GB/0.86
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Question Best external DVD Drive??

I am in the market for a DVD Burner as I want to start using this site and making some DVD's off the Phish and random shows on here. Any advice to which drive will be best for me to buy? I am looking for an external obviously Dual Layered capable drive. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #2  
Old 2007-10-15, 02:31 PM
crazytrain1968 crazytrain1968 is offline
1.82 TB/400.01 GB/0.21
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

Quote:
Originally Posted by cubbiephan
I am in the market for a DVD Burner as I want to start using this site and making some DVD's off the Phish and random shows on here. Any advice to which drive will be best for me to buy? I am looking for an external obviously Dual Layered capable drive. Thanks for any help or suggestions.

Without doubt my Pextor PX755.
Or buy an internal with external case.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #3  
Old 2007-10-15, 03:02 PM
pawel's Avatar
pawel pawel is offline
Lockout here
369.86 GB/672.37 GB/1.82
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Poland
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

Check reviews at: http://club.cdfreaks.com/index.php

Plextor is very good but (over)priced. You may check Benq, LG and LiteOn drive - I don't know how performs external burners but internal are very good.

Drive is not the only to look for. Discs: TY, Verbatim (the only for DL), Ritek. You will get also a bit better burns with SATA HD.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #4  
Old 2007-10-15, 03:09 PM
cubbiephan cubbiephan is offline
127.11 GB/109.34 GB/0.86
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

Thanks for the info. I was actually in Circuit City yesterday and a LG caught my eye, but I had no idea which of them were the best. I will those reviews before I make my decision.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #5  
Old 2007-10-15, 03:49 PM
saltman's Avatar
saltman saltman is offline
opposite of moderate
TTD Staff
471.23 GB/591.81 GB/1.26
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

I'd get the Plextor. You'll replace two other drives before that one messes up. They're worth the extra money for a good quality burn and dependability. I just bought a 18x internal for 39 bucks. not sure it gets much better than that.
__________________
We all see only that which we are trained to see.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #6  
Old 2007-10-17, 06:29 AM
AAR.oner's Avatar
AAR.oner AAR.oner is offline
TTD Staff
1.11 TB/1.41 TB/1.27
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Appalachia
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

hands down, plextor is the only way to go when it comes to quality & longevity
__________________
TTD's Gear Lust Forum -- info & reviews on taping gear
The Basics of EQing
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #7  
Old 2007-10-23, 06:24 AM
witkotatanka's Avatar
witkotatanka witkotatanka is offline
27.52 GB/30.87 GB/1.12
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

Quote:
Originally Posted by AAR.oner
hands down, plextor is the only way to go when it comes to quality & longevity
Quote:
Originally Posted by saltman
I'd get the Plextor. You'll replace two other drives before that one messes up. They're worth the extra money for a good quality burn and dependability. I just bought a 18x internal for 39 bucks. not sure it gets much better than that.
I heard that and spent $120 on a PX-716A and had problems right out of the box. Plextor wanted to rma the drive and I laughed. Why should I pay for shipping when i could just exchange it at the store? Then I had problems with trades because it was very limited on the number of DVD brands I could use and thus the brands ere limited for the dvd's I'd receive. I kept the firmware up to date. Then after 14 months it died. Plextor's response? Not covered under warranty. Not even a break on a new burner.

And it turns out this drive was just plain crap. Google PX-716A and you'll find many threads with people describing their nightmares. Many people rma'd several drives right out of the box before getting one that worked, only to have the drive die after warranty expired.

And the interesting thing is that www.cdrinfo.com gave the drive a great review. But then they probably received a drive to test that Plextor engineers went over with a fine tooth comb to make sure the drive worked at top performance.

So my experience is to look for reviews but take them with a grain of salt. Best to google the drive you're interested in and see what problems people are having and the frequency. And don't buy a drive that is relatively new. Wait for others to have problems and have their gripes posted on the internet. I haven't found a drive with more bad things being said about it than the 716A. I'll never buy a plextor again.

This PX716a hasn't met my 20 oz framing hammer yet. I'm waiting for my hallowween party btw I'm a carpenter
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #8  
Old 2007-10-23, 07:56 AM
saltman's Avatar
saltman saltman is offline
opposite of moderate
TTD Staff
471.23 GB/591.81 GB/1.26
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

Quote:
Originally Posted by witkotatanka
I heard that and spent $120 on a PX-716A and had problems right out of the box. Plextor wanted to rma the drive and I laughed. Why should I pay for shipping when i could just exchange it at the store? Then I had problems with trades because it was very limited on the number of DVD brands I could use and thus the brands ere limited for the dvd's I'd receive. I kept the firmware up to date. Then after 14 months it died. Plextor's response? Not covered under warranty. Not even a break on a new burner.

And it turns out this drive was just plain crap. Google PX-716A and you'll find many threads with people describing their nightmares. Many people rma'd several drives right out of the box before getting one that worked, only to have the drive die after warranty expired.

And the interesting thing is that www.cdrinfo.com gave the drive a great review. But then they probably received a drive to test that Plextor engineers went over with a fine tooth comb to make sure the drive worked at top performance.

So my experience is to look for reviews but take them with a grain of salt. Best to google the drive you're interested in and see what problems people are having and the frequency. And don't buy a drive that is relatively new. Wait for others to have problems and have their gripes posted on the internet. I haven't found a drive with more bad things being said about it than the 716A. I'll never buy a plextor again.

This PX716a hasn't met my 20 oz framing hammer yet. I'm waiting for my hallowween party btw I'm a carpenter
that's extremely non-typical. every manufacturer has it's lemons. sounds like you got one. it's a shame their customer service was as you described. They are probably not used to it.
__________________
We all see only that which we are trained to see.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #9  
Old 2007-10-23, 09:00 AM
possessed's Avatar
possessed possessed is offline
the non-nuclear Homer Simpson
202.13 GB/314.80 GB/1.56
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: the mitten state
Re: Best external DVD Drive??

I've been using Plextor exclusively with Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim (for dual layer) for years and had no problems whatsoever. They cost a little more but they test media for best compatability which your cheap burners don't. Sometimes the extra few bucks is worth the 0 coaster burner.
__________________
1 2010 KBS left!
4 2011 KBS left.
And 6 2009 and 2 2010 Nemesis too.




Quote:
Originally Posted by danbozwell@yahoo.com View Post
I hear the Rape is lovely this time of year.
Quote:
hey man if nobody else has helped you out, i can continue to ignore you too
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
Reply

The Traders' Den > Where we go to learn ..... > Technobabble

Similar Threads
Thread Forum Replies Last Post
External Hard Drive question... - I nick1257 I Technobabble 9 2008-05-25 09:40 AM
External Drive Not Working (Mac Version) - Branston Technobabble 4 2008-02-04 03:18 PM
EXTERNAL DRIVE NOT WORKING - lachy_legend Technobabble 2 2008-02-03 03:32 AM
Good external hard drive deals. - pete's montreux Technobabble 11 2007-10-31 12:52 AM
External drive - good choice? - Qstick333 Technobabble 7 2005-12-07 05:39 PM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forums


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004 - , TheTradersDen.org - All Rights Reserved - Hosted at QuickPacket
no new posts