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Old 2nd March 2003, 08:37 PM
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NEC DVD recorder IDE ND-1100A

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Are these any good? or are these that much better?

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Old 2nd March 2003, 08:51 PM
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The advantage with the Sony is that it takes all formats of DVD's...

NEC supposedly will release a new model in 2-3 weeks time that will support all formats, and supposed to be in the same price range as the first one you linked... when released... I'm waiting for that one...
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Old 2nd March 2003, 09:15 PM
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BigBen,.. if you only do ONE format,. it really should be DVD-R DVD-RW as it has far better compatibility in both DVD players and PC DVD-Rom dirves.

The Sony looks a lot better as the standards war is still not over. I for one have a Pioneer which is DVD-RW. The better of the two formats true,. but if DVD+RW becomes the accepted standard,.. well then I am SOL.

If the Sony had been available,. it would have been my first choice.


Plus the NEC drive is someone elses re-branded drive,.. and I do not know of a single DVD+RW only drive that is being heralded as a great drive. So this one would be suspect in my mind.
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Old 3rd March 2003, 03:46 AM
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The DRU-500A is the best drive currently available IMHO Ben - if you can get hold of it that is!

It was less than a month ago that every single online store I checked had "Sold Out" - it's that popular It may very well be available again now tho', so if it is... you don't mind paying the extra for the dual-format compatibility... and it's white facia fits wi' yer current case theme (unlike many others, it's only available in the one colour)... it's the drive t' buy


[edit] T' give ye an idea of how the Sony compares against what is pro'ly one of the most popular drives available - the Pioneer DVR-AO5U (DVD-R/RW), there's a good review/comparison article over on Extreme Tech
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Old 3rd March 2003, 09:25 AM
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Thx chaps I think I will wait the few weeks and see what the new NEC drive is like

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Old 3rd March 2003, 10:24 AM
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The one I was talking about NEC releasing soon... It's also linked at the same site... They seem to have pushed the release date back thoo... Look here for info

Edit... It would be usefull if I included the link wouldn't it?

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Old 3rd March 2003, 10:32 AM
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erm... look where Tweety

The link (on the UK-based site) for their new DVD-RW ND 1300A is here BigBen


[edit] Hah... you beat me to it Tweety I have t' say... that's a pretty good price, for what sounds like a nifty bit o' kit

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Old 3rd March 2003, 11:25 AM
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Thx for the link chaps ..... looks like a good deal from what I can tell ..... just got to find one now

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Old 3rd March 2003, 10:05 PM
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Yeah... with the support of all formats that price is really good... remarked or not... if it isn't the fastest I can still live with that...
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Old 4th March 2003, 09:52 AM
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yikes my Graphics card died today so I am having to get a Radeon 9700 Pro thing looks like May before I get a DVD burner now

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Old 4th March 2003, 01:15 PM
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Any particular reason you've opted for the 9700 PRO BB - other than it's unrivalled firepower?

I ask, simply coz you coulda settled for a 9500 PRO just now.... coz it'ss available for less than 150, it's DX9 compatible, and is capable of handling anything you care t' throw at it. You then won't have long t' wait for the new range of ATI cards... after the release of which I expect the price o' the 9700 PRO to drop quite significantly, but you'll have enough time between now and then t' save up and 'treat' yourself again

Buying a 9500 PRO instead of a 9700 PRO just now will also leave ya wi' a significent amount of money t' put towards yer new drive too

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Old 4th March 2003, 03:34 PM
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I needed a card right now as my one has died and I do get 7 games for the kids to play with .... I just won't look at prices for a long while now

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Old 15th March 2003, 11:03 AM
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Hi,
Whats the difference between the Sony DRU-500A and the Sony DRU-500AX

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Old 15th March 2003, 01:11 PM
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I'd guess it's either coz sites are just not using the full title BB (the Sony Website only mentions the DRU500AX), but... since Sony themselves are quoting it as being a "New" drive, maybe the DRU500AX has now superceded the DRU-500A?
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Old 15th March 2003, 11:58 PM
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DRU 500A(X)/UL(X) : retail versions. Internal/External
DW10U/DW-12U : OEM versions

If Sony are to be belived then the DRU500AX is a DRU500A with the latest firmware ( to allow it to write to DVD+R at 4x speed ). But seeing as the firmware for the AX and the A are ( to quote sony ) "incompatible" then I think personaly that their must have been one or two modifications to the hardware.

Mind you seeing as a certain uk pc supplier are shipping the oem version of the 500A drive called the dw-10U for 205 and the cheapest for the 500ax is dabs at 247 I guess its up to you to decide.

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