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This review is from: TDK 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 48973
Pros: + Price was good on sale and after the now-expired coupon. They were already marked down quite a bit (thirteen bucks) plus a two dollar off code so they ended up costing about eleven dollars to my door with ShopRunner 2-day.
+ Minimal branding logo and specs printed on the face which leaves ample room to write on them.
+ The gray-tinted, mirror-like surface is also very sharpie-friendly and makes for clean labeling.
Unfortunately, aesthetics and cost are about the only upside to these and the very cheap price (as most NewEggers will recognize) was only temporary due to a sale + coupon code.
Cons: - Failure rate, a truly shocking and incredibly irritating failure rate.
So far, I have tried 17 out of 25 discs and so far, all 17 of those are in a coaster stack. Yes, ALL 17 of them have failed with a Write Error at some point during burn. Only one disc limped along and survived into verification...it failed verify at 49% ("Failed to Read Sector 2112448 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error").
The majority of these burns have failed around the layer-break anywhere between 48% and 62%, spitting out I/O Write Errors in ImgBurn. A couple managed to reach 76% and 79% but eventually returned with the same I/O errors for those sectors. The worst ones (about three discs to this point) were unable to even successfully write the entire LeadIn track before regurgitating an error.
There is not much to review about optical media. The most important things are quality and success rate. Disappointingly, both factors fell quite flat in my experience.
Other Thoughts: This is the first time I have ever strayed from Verbatim for dual-layer media (I have always used the 2.4x variety of Verb DVD+R DL) and I have been completely let down and frustrated by these TDK's. Obviously, "your mileage may vary," and I just hope that you have more success than I did if you indeed opt for these discs over Verbatim. Cost difference becomes moot if the bulk of discs end up in a landfill.
Burn attempts with:
* BenQ DW1640 on PATA @ 4x and 8x.
* LiteOn iHAS324B on SATA, eSATA and USB @ 4x and 8x using a slew of various EEPROM options to no avail.
I have since reverted back to the settings that always worked prior to what has essentially turned out to be an annoying quality-control measure for TDK. (iHAS drive external on USB @ 4x with all EEPROM options turned on)
TDK 8x DVD+R DL (Made in Taiwan) 25pk