Our main concerns stem from the lack of 8X DVD+R media. While our current champion, the Plextor 708A, had no problems burning several brands of 4X media at 8X, the DDW-081 will only burn 8X certified media at 8X. The lack of bitsetting capabilities for the drive seemed disappointing also. Granted, our Plextor 708A does not support bitsetting either, but it does support DVD-R burn capabilities.
However, considering the extremely low cost of the unit, around $140, we have to give Nu Tech a lot of credit. If burning DVD-R's is not a problem, you save $100 over the Plextor 708A. Let us not forget also that Sony recently announced that their newest drive will not be supporting 8X DVD-R writes, and will debut at $270 (although the Pioneer 107 should support Z-CLV 8X). Could it be that DVD+R is pulling ahead in the “format wars”? Although it lacks the performance of the Plextor 708A, Nu Tech clearly wins the price grab.
Illuminati wrote:I bought my Dad one for the SFF system I'm building him. Couldn't pass up an 8x burner for the price of most 4x burners!
Illuminati wrote:I'll definately give a report when I get it all setup... the parts should all arrive at my house today, so tonight I will be busy putting it all together Fun,fun,fun!
Don't know if I will get to test it, mainly because I don't have any 8x media right now. I will definately let you know when I do though!
Illuminati wrote:kewl!... will everyone be able to get this by a firmware update? or will it be a whole new revision to the hardware so people like me who already have the drive are SOL?
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