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Buying a DVD burner


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sunny441

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Hi there

am looking to buy a new DVD burner for my AMD athlon 64 bit 3000+ desktop. I have about 50-60$ to spend ( not bad for a student i guess :tazz: ) i have been looking for a while now, and have shortlisted to these 3 :

1. NEC ND 3450A - for 48.00$
2. BENQ 1620 W - for 56.00$
3. ASUS 1608P - for 53.00$

most of these are dual layer burners with a maximum write speed of 16x, and DVD +R DL speed of 8x on the NEC, but 6x on the other 2.

WHich of these is a good buy, and is a good value for money? also does anybody have anything else in mind - something that they bought recently ot have had for a while. I would prefer that it be a dual layer burner though

hope to see the replies coming in

thanks
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austin_o

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I bought this one DVD+/-RW 16x+|NEC ND-3500A BG/WS at newegg back in December. It is dual layer and I like it fine! I read lots of reviews before deciding to buy it. I don't know how this one compares to the NEC you are considering...perhaps yours is a newer model.
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chopyaedoff

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how abot this one Toshiba 16x16x DVD R/RW Dual Layer Internal IDE
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I agree with Austin. The NEC dual layer burners work great. I have an NEC 3520A, and that this is a slightly better upgrade than the NEC you listed above, so you should not have much problems. But if you have 50 - 60 bucks, you might want to consider upgrading that 3450A to a higher one, as mine was only about 55 bucks. Try pricegrabber:

http://www.pricegrab...earch=NEC 3520A

I have an enclosure with mine to make it USB external (both of my internal bays were filled) and it works great. The only problem with NEC drives that I have heard is that they do not work that well with burning DVD's with DVDXCOPY, which I personally have also experienced. But that's just one program. I have burned DVD's with other programs with no problems. DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, and ISO Buster are great DVD burning tools. Best of all - they're freeware!
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