DVD Writer choice

soth

Fledgling Freddie
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Are DVD writers worth the money?
anyone reckon they're going to drop in price soon with dual layer writers about to come out?
also, anyone recommendations for <£100 one out currently?

cheers
-soth
 

Bob007

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See if you can get your hands on a pieoneer 106D OEM. They retail for around £95 in some small independant comp shops. Make sure its OEM, Some places charge up to £300 for a boxed retail. Ok you don't get any fancey cd's with software on it. But they got that kinda stuff on the internet i hear ;)
Its a 4x -+ writer and a cd writer to. Never came across a dvd media it wouldn't write to.
 

Scooba da Bass

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Seconding the Pioneer 106 recomendation. Will write to anything you stick it in it.
 

Stimpy

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Thirding the pioneer 106 - though don't stick toast in it, it won't write to that.
 

Insane

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Pioneer 106, purely for the hacked firmware which allows you to write dual layer 8.6gig dvds :D
 

Jonty

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Hi there

If you go for the Pioneer drive you should be able to pick one up for around £84.99 from eBuyer or Dabs.com (inc. VAT, exc. delivery). The drives are also available in black, if that's of any use in your circumstances.

Kind Regards
 

Bob007

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Also to add more to the "buy a 106d coz there great" post.

According to a Japanese A/V news site, Pioneer has demonstrated dual-layer DVD-R burning at the CES expo in Las Vegas, using the existing single-layer DVDR drive, Pioneer A06.

According to the article, Pioneer used only a modified firmware to achieve the dual-layer burning with no needs to modify the hardware itself at all. But only time will tell whether the company actually decides that it is such a great idea to allow consumers to upgrade their drives to dual-layer by simply switching the firmware and not buying a new drive..
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/4863.cfm

And as someone pointed out, theres cracked firmware out there that do this now. :)

Edit. A06 and 106D are same drive ;)
 

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