Price Guides February 2004: Magnetic and Optical Storageby Kristopher Kubicki on February 25, 2004 4:19 AM EST
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We just got into tracking optical drives with our tracking engine, so do not be offended if we did not include your particular drive of preference. Recordable DVD drives have undergone immense changes since February of 2003. We effectively quadrupled our speed in a relatively short period of time. Let us not forget that 12X DVD+R drives are very close to an announcement with 16X DVD+R very close behind.
We have two choices for drives this week. Our first drive option is the Plextor 708A. This drive stunned us all as one of the first drives with 8X DVD+R capabilities. Reliable performance and a good price also contributed to our affinity for the drive. However, we should not neglect another favorite of ours, the NuTech DDW-081. The DDW-081 was not originally capable of DVD-R write, but after several months of research and programming, NuTech finally got it right and released a public firmware upgrade. You can check out the firmware here. Kudos to both Plextor and NuTech.