DVD Burners (continued)

For those who value speed over capacity, not to mention lower costs for adoption, 12x burners may be the ticket. Plextor is, so far, the first to market with a 12x burner. Our review of this drive shows us yet again how the same, or at least very similar, chipsets and underlying guts of DVD drives carry on the tradition of being capable of much more than originally shown. The real treat with this drive comes in the form of a great software and support bundle, which includes a hugely detailed manual, Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator, DVD Max, PhotoSuite 5 SE and Plextor's own PlexTools Pro. Throw in an 8MB cache, 48x CD burning speeds and a future version to include SATA connectivity, and you have a drive that can stay on top of technology longer than most.

In the end, the average Joe who just wants to get their feet wet with DVD authoring shouldn't be spending in excess of $80 for a burner. For this reason, the NuTech DDW-082, which earned our Editor's Choice award, deserves mention again as a great device at a very affordable price. NEC's 2500, which can be flashed easily to 2510 also sits well with us for its burn speed and ability to operate without creating excessive amounts of overpriced frisbees or coasters.

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  • SHO235V8 - Monday, June 28, 2004 - link

    Kristopher, great advice on the Nu Tech drive! I just built a new Athlon 64 rig and I prefer this burner over the DVD Rom drive I bought as a primary. Other than duplicating a disk, I will be using the Nu Tech drive. For anyone still undecided, that drive rocks! Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, June 28, 2004 - link

    PriceGaz - we will start doing that once we figure out a convention to label it easier.

  • PrinceGaz - Monday, June 28, 2004 - link

    There's five 12x burners listed in the pricing table.

    Any chance of including a "DL" in the table to indicate dual-layer certified drives? I know DL burning speeds are far slower (2x ?) and are unrelated to single-layer speeds, but it would still be useful to be able to see at a glance which are certified as DL capable.
  • MAME - Sunday, June 27, 2004 - link

    only 1 12x burner? The article made it seem like there'd be more than 1 Reply

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