Price Guides September 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storageby Adam Rader on September 19, 2004 3:00 PM EST
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IntroductionWelcome back for the latest price guide. The last few weeks haven't shown much in the way of price changes for hard drives or DVD burners, except for the price dip every once in a while as retailers put something on sale and slap on a few dozen mail-in rebates.
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DVD BurnersWhile hard drives aren't changing very much, DVD burners are showing quite the opposite. With the recent releases of numerous 16X-rated DVDR/RW drives comes the chance to burn your data at tolerable, if not pleasant, speeds.
Offerings are already on the table and ready for purchase from manufacturers such as Pioneer, NEC, etc. The best part is that the prices for these new faster drives are almost the same as that of a fast CD burner a year or two ago. Media prices, additionally, are coming down in price and going up in quantity and quality, save for the still obvious availability shortages found in dual-layer media.