What Makes a Good Good Optical Drive ?

  Giggle n' Bits 13:46 25 Feb 2006

Are all DVD Drives and Dedicated CD Wtrs any different in performance are are they the same.

Last time I built a machine I have matched a DVD Drive with a separate CD Wtr. From time to time I see the odd review (Scarce nowadays) who makes a better CD Wtr and who makes a Dvd Drive better than manufacturer x etc.

In the past I have used Asus drives, never found any problems with them, why are plextor so more expensive ?

Any pointers welcome please.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:48 25 Feb 2006

I have used LiteOn, Plextor, AOpen, LaCie, Sony etc. etc. drives and I have noticed no difference in performance, at least not that mortals can tell.


  GuZ><0r 13:56 25 Feb 2006

I normally go for the cheapest and fastest writing speeds.

  Giggle n' Bits 14:46 25 Feb 2006

Interesting no drives better others.

If anyone can tell me the reason why Plextor drives are so cheap would be interesting prefable with a reason why there drives if better are better.

Ok, Lite-on & Sony by name to me are a reliable brand I also have heard people say Lit-on are acutally Pioneer or is it Plextor rebadged ?

Asus also are actually Pioneer or Plextor carn't remember.

More calls welcome and thanks to imput so far !

interesting subject.

  Marise 14:50 25 Feb 2006

Yes fascinating, glad I registered

  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:58 25 Feb 2006

Plextor and Lite-On drives are one and the same. Personally I would go for the cheapest as I have never noticed any difference although I do like Lite-On.


  Bonynge 16:02 25 Feb 2006

I'd go for the pretty one

  rmcqua 16:10 25 Feb 2006

Some of the new NEC drives are great in terms of overall performance and specs. versus price.

  jakimo 17:10 25 Feb 2006

"If anyone can tell me why Plextor drives are so cheap"?

Like for like Plextor drives are one of the top three most expensive drive available in the uk

  Stuartli 19:33 25 Feb 2006

Most of the optical drives on the market are rebadged products from specialists such as Plextor - in fact the rebraded product is often cheaper...

I had a TDK Vortex 12x24x10 that was a rebadged Plextor of the same model number, whilst my current TDI CyClone is a rebadged Samsung (the original Samsung was the first drive at the time to make the step up to 24x write speed with CD-Rs).

  Marise 11:42 28 Feb 2006

I am so excited about this news

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