DVDs burners are getting better fast on two fronts. First, devices offering a 16x write speed are becoming available. Second, the first devices that can write two recording layers to DVDs are appearing in the stores. These are called double-layer burners.
However, speed kills. Unfortunately, the gains afforded by a 16x write speed also mean there are risks that a successful burn has been made, which can cause data to be lost. So, as before, you should stick with a maximum 4x write speed if you are burning a DVD for archiving purposes.
But besides this one flaw, however, the new devices can indeed do almost everything better. Not always technically, however, because at an average write speed, a current drive generally only distinguishes itself from a previous-generation model by offering compatibility advantages.
Surprises are also in store if prices are taken into account. An 8x burner can be had for as little as $80, while the Asus and LG models reviewed here cost just $100. Even Philips' double-layer device is a snip at just $115.
- Progress At Breakneck Speed
- Blanks - Recordables
- The Proof Of The Pudding: CD-Rs Five Years On
- Double-layer Media: Scarce And Expensive
- The Test Candidates In Detail
- Asus DRW-0804P: Device And Manual
- LG GSA-4082B: 8x With DVD-RAM Support
- LG GSA-4082B: Device And Manual
- LaCie D2: External, Double Layer
- LaCie D2: Device And Manual
- Philips DVDRW885K
- Philips DVDRW885K: Device And Manual
- Test Configuration
- Test Results
- Benchmark Results