Umm... LiteOn offers some decent IDE DVD burners for +/- $30. Optical drives are pretty much commodities nowadays; the only real issue is the included software. I've got a Memorex Dual Layer burner that came with the Nero suite, for instance. Plextor is the only company to offer SATA DVD burners at this time.
If you are aiming to copy disks that you are not supposed to, then plextors have a track record of doing that best!
The Plextor Premium CD-RW drive was and is the only drive to ever be able to do a 1:1 copy of certain copy protection schemes.
Plextor drives generally burn with very little jitter etc.
I just bought my PX-760SA for £65, and it was faulty (couldnt burn DVD+RWs, burnt DVD±Rs fine). Phoned Plextor-Europe, they gave me an RMA number, DHL collected it the same day, delivered it to Belgium the day after, and a new drive was back with me in the UK the day after that.
Plextor spent £130 each way for a total of £260 on next-day-international shipping. That to me shows that they dont expect their drives to fail often! The new drive is working fine and I still have 2 years of warranty left.
And I love the fact that it is SATA, I'm currently working on switching alll my devices over to SATA
Is there a point in getting a SATA2 dvd burner? As far as I know, DVD and CD transfer rates are so slow that it shouldn't make a difference which interface is used. Maybe a difference in lead-in/out times?
PATA is dying... but I think it will stick around for atleast 2-3 years just because hard drives for PATA are cheaper. As for the DVD burner... I dont think its wroth the extra money for a SATA burner - they are in general twice as expensive as PATA ones, and I think you would do better buying a PATA burner and waiting for Blu-ray prices to drop and then getting one of those drives for SATA.
There are other SATA burners that aren't made by Plextor (not that they make bad stuff). Samsung and LiteOn make SATA burners too, and for a good deal less than the Plextor. I picked up a Samsung myself for about £25.00 last month.
PS The NEC 35xx's seem to get the job of burning my files to CD and DVD done quite nicely. Works great with cheap Ritech 8X DVD+Rs.
Though the LightScribe drives are very tempting as they are just as cheap as the drives withouth this feature.
I bought a $315+ Liteon LDW-400 Dual DVD RW which was really a rebranded Sony drive. It had the typical and most unavoidable problems typical of the first generation of new technology, but I was really annoyed that Liteon quickly removed all references to its existance from its website. Only way to get firmware update was to email them.
Luckily other sites posted the firmware because some of the support staff never heard of the drive and would go so far as to deny its existance.
well im not trust plextor (708As the one I got) anymore its having probs scratches disks (its too sensitive) and also reading some TDK CDs, it just spun for burning with no progress bar move. So anyone know a good alternative,