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Smartbuy 6X BD-R DL 50GB Dual Layer Logo Top Video Audio Photo Data Recordable Disc
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Low/Middle of the raod quality 03/14/2015

This review is from: Smartbuy 6X BD-R DL 50GB Dual Layer Logo Top Video Audio Photo Data Recordable Disc

Pros: Low price.

Cons: Ritek discs. Specifically RITEK DR3.

Ritek is generally know as being one of the lowest quality discs in the industry.

Other Thoughts: Although these did seem to work OK using a Pioneer BDR-209 Blu-Ray Burner......

I will stick with Verbatim discs. The burn quality is better.

I would only use these as a last resort and probably NOT for anything I wanted to keep for a long time.

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Metropolitan ED500 DataVac 120 Volt Electric Duster, White
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs WORKS GREAT!!! 03/14/2015

This review is from: Metropolitan ED500 DataVac 120 Volt Electric Duster, White

Pros: This is a POWERFUL little air duster/blower.
About same height as regular can of compressed air, but about 2x the diameter.
This thing MOVES the air. Blows at least 3x-5x the volume of air that a regular can does.
VERY High Quality. MADE IN USE.
Quite a few nozzles/adapters come with it.
Removeable/washable/reuseable air filter in bottom.
POWERFUL 120Volt 4AMP Motor in it. As powerful as most small vacuums.

Cons: It is a bit LOUD. About the same as a vacuum cleaner.

Other Thoughts: This is DEFINITELY worth the money.
I bought it as a replacement for the 5$-8$ 'cans of air'. It will pay for itself in very short order.

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Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: VERY Good writing quality.

This drive DOES indeed write to Verbatim DVD+R DL discs with VERY good quality . Tested writing them at 4x and at 8x, very good burns as indicated by quality scans on 2 different Lite-On drives and the Pioneer itself using Opti Drive Control.

Cons: Can't do Blu-Ray quality scanning.

Other Thoughts: The drive uses Zone Level recording for the 8X Burning on the DVD+R DL discs. This means that for the first layer about 2/3 is burned at 6x and the other 1/3 at 8x. Then it switches to the 2nd layer and burns the 1st 1/3 at 8x and the remaining 2/3 at 6x.

Some discs it uses CAV recording and some it uses Zone Level recording. Depends on the disk and the speed written at.

As far as the varying speeds the previous user was seeing. It uses an 'Intelligent' Burning algorithm where it checks the writing quality every so often (the speed fluctuations) as it is writing, and based on the checking, it then lower the overall burning speed if it finds the disc can't handle the current speed.

Only Firmware released so far is v1.10.

I have verified the writing speeds and VERY GOOD or BETTER writing quality on the following discs so far;

Verbatim DVD+R 16x (MCC-004) - written to at 8x, 12x, & 16x.
Verbatim DVD+R DL 8x (MKM-003) - written to at 4x, 6x, & 8x
Verbatim CD-R 52x - written to at 16x, 24x, 32x, & 40x
Verbatim Blu-Ray SL 6x (VERBATIMe) - written to at 6x, 8x, 10x, & 12x.
Optical Quantum Blu-Ray SL 4x (PHILIPR04) - written to at 4x, 6x, & 8x.
Verbatim Blu-Ray DL 4x (VERBATIMd) - written to at 4x, 6x, & 8x
Verbatim Blu-Ray DL 4x (MEI-T02 really Panasonic) - Written to at 4x, 6x, & 8x.
Optical Quantum DL 6x (CMCMAG-DI6) - written to at 4x, 6x, & 8x.

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Martin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Martin W.

Date Joined: 07/24/03

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  • First Review: 05/11/07
  • Last Review: 03/14/15
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