DVD-writer - how to choose

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  1. Wai_Wai

    Wai_Wai Registered Member

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    DVD-writer - how to choose (ver 2)
    Hi.
    It's my first time to buy a DVD writer.

    1) What do I need to know/notice when choosing a good DVD writer?
    (eg what aspects/specifications do I need to focus on)


    2) I know there're 5 DVD format all together (ie DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM).
    In fact, what's the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW?
    And does anyone think DVD-RAM is useful?
    Should I try to find a DVD-write which can read all DVD formats?


    3)
    Maybe it's a stupid question.
    a) But is it true all DVD-writers can read CD and VCD (Video CD)?
    (ver2) *NEW* And is it true all DVD-writers support at least DVD+/-R, and DVD+/-RW?


    4)
    Which brand or model will you suggest me buying?
    And why?

    I would like the DVD-writer:
    - stable (or longer warranty period)
    - can read most discs correctly (and even lower-quality discs)
    PS: I don't know, but some DVD-players (stand-alone, not for computers) have problems reading some discs while the discs is not corrupt or naytihng similar and can be read by others.
    - writing speed doesn't need to be too high (since I repfer to write discs at lower speed)
    - the noise factor is unimportant (unless it is too loud)


    Info about my computer:
    - my motherboard is A7N8X-X, only support up to 2*UDMA 133
    - I have 2 HDDs and 1 CD-RW currently. I think the DVD-writer will replace the CD-RW.
    - I don't use any firmware
    - I use my DVD writers mainly for reading videos/audios, burning DVDs for videos/audios, and for file storage & data backups.


    [ver 2] *NEW*
    5) Dual/double layer writing tech
    I've heard about double-layer writables.
    What is it? What does it do?
    What benefits does it provide?
    How expensive will a DVD writers be if I wish to have such technology?
    Can a normal DVD player (standalone, not computer) read this DVD written by this tech?

    [ver 2] *NEW*
    6) Region-code
    As to region-code, I have a DVD-reader on my mobile computer.
    It's strange that I can set the region codes for 4 times only. I can never change it afterward (even if I reformat my computer).
    So if there's any way that I can eliminate the DVD-region trouble, or have a DVD writer which can read/write all DVDs with any region codes. It would be perfect.


    Thanks for your help. :D
     
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  2. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

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    for me dvd -/+ rw is doing a great job. it's possible to read cd, cdrw, dvd + it can burn and rewrite them, delete files on previous burned dvd's...
    I don't use dvd ram, never used it so cannot comment on that.

    dvd -/+ rw will read/write practically everything and there are some cheaper models too. from 60-70$ you should be able to find some.
     
  3. Blackspear

    Blackspear Global Moderator

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    Hi Wai_Wai, welcome to Wilders.

    You could take a look at Toms Hardware, which has a pretty comprehensive test of 10 DVD Burners.

    We have sold the Pioneer and Asus DVD Burners for quite some time now, due to quality and reliability.

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers :D
     
  4. Wai_Wai

    Wai_Wai Registered Member

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    Thanks for all of your questions.

    Some new questions:
    5) Dual/double layer writing tech
    I've heard about double-layer writables.
    What is it? What does it do?
    What benefits does it provide?
    How expensive will a DVD writers be if I wish to have such technology?
    Can a normal DVD player (standalone, not computer) read this DVD written by this tech?

    [ver 2] *NEW*
    6) Region-code
    As to region-code, I have a DVD-reader on my mobile computer.
    It's strange that I can set the region codes for 4 times only. I can never change it afterward (even if I reformat my computer).
    So if there's any way that I can eliminate the DVD-region trouble, or have a DVD writer which can read/write all DVDs with any region codes. It would be perfect.
     
  5. zcv

    zcv Registered Member

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    Dual Layer simply means that the 4.7 GB capacity is doubled thru a burning technique. The benefits are for one - a two disc movie would fit on one disc, or if data backup - that much more data. One catch, Dual Layer can only be used on DVD-r types, does not work with -RWs.

    Really don't know whether its that much more expensive or not. I have a NEC with Dual layer and costs less than 70.00 US.

    Can't tell you whether stand alone players can read them - never tried it.

    The 4 region code limit is standard. There are players (stand alone) that will read all region codes. Don't know about DVD computer players that will do the same.

    Regards - Charles
     
  6. Wai_Wai

    Wai_Wai Registered Member

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    Thanks for your answer :)
     
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