My current laptop uses ordinary CD/DVDs for recording/playing. I'm proposing to purchase a new laptop which has Lightscribe included. Can I use ordinary CD/DVDs to record/play (I have a large stock...........)or do I have to purchase Lightscribe CD/DVDs only.
You'll be able to record/playback ordinary CDs/DVDs on your new laptop but you won't be able to print Lightscribe "labels" on them. For that, you'll need Lightscribe disks; these have a special coating on one side on which a graphics image can be laser-imprinted.
As far as recording and playback are concerned, Lightscribe disks and ordinary disks are interchangeable. Your large stock of ordinary CDs/DVDs will not go to waste,
I did, for a short time, use lightscribe on the proper disks - not happy with the result - too faint - even when I did it twice! Others may, of course had better results and I suppose it's possible that the disks were sub standard, but I don't think so.
But all you have to lose is the cost of the disks - so I'd advise you to buy sparingly at the start, if satisfied then buy a larger amount.
Have used Lightscribe Drive and discs for over 12 months now. Discs I finally settled on are Infiniti Professional. Gold coloured background on the label side. Found that other coloured discs were sometimes appreciably fainter.