Joined on 12/07/10
Fine if you're not in a hurry
Cons: less than 100% reliable. Not for use with inexpensive/finicky burners
Overall Review: Like many others the price drove me to give these discs a shot. I use them for product delivery in a small video production business, hence the need for dual layer printable discs. We'll see how these work out in the long term for product delivery. I have four identical LG DVD burners and two Pioneer blueray burners in a machine running Nero Burning ROM 2014. Three of the four LG burners seem to have no problem burning these discs at 4x. One won't burn anything on these discs at any speed. I'm pretty sure I could put a rock in the Pioneer burners and pull out a readable disc, not that I plan on trying that. Both Pioneer burners work fine with these discs, but only at 4x. The limitted playback experience I have with these has gone fine so far. Again, we'll see how this goes as I begin distributing them to clients. (yikes) The verdict isn't completely in. If I don't get any complaints from clients I'll buy them again, but for quick turn products I'll be using something else. If speed and reliability are required for dual layer discs verbatim still can't be beat.
A little better than expected
I certainly would recommend Arrow-Direct. Their product was better than I expected in that there were no real indications of previous ownership other than some minor dust inside the case. Had I not gone looking for something to find I never would have noticed. The obviously do a thorough job of refurbishing. Their documentation was top notch and I'm confident that if I'd encountered a problem with the operating system, as one may with a refurbished Windows machine, they would have handled it over the phone quickly and easily. I did call with a question about a video card that I was installing and was surprised when a real live human being answered the phone rather than a digital cue. That said, I was told that they didn't offer any tech support regarding my video card upgrade. It would have been nice to talk to someone willing to entertain the question, but shouldn't be expected when the seller isn't responsible for things outside the machine they sold. All told yes, I'm very pleased with this purchase and would use them again without hesitation.
Knocked it out of the park!
Coretek fouled one out with the first swing, but man did they follow up well. If you’re reading this you’re most likely kluging together used stuff to try and save a buck, or lots of bucks. I shouldn’t have to say it, but because some people expect brand new quality and appearance at garage sale prices I will; when you’re shopping used/refurbished parts expect what you pay for. That said here’s how things went for me. I ordered an Nvidia Quadro 600 video card for an entry level 3-D animation work station I’m putting together. Coretek had the best price hands down. Shipping was a little high, or so I thought, but they still came in quite a bit under anyone who had the same refurbished card. The order was placed late on a Tuesday night and was shipped first thing the next morning with a delivery date the following day. They’re only three hours down the road so that’s how that worked so well but it beat the computer I ordered here by nearly a week. Like I said however, they fouled one out. The card was placed in a static bag and put in a padded envelope which UPS wasn’t particularly kind to. When I pulled the card out it looked pretty bad, like it had been in the bottom of the parts bin during a mass disassembly and salvage operation. After the computer arrived I installed the card and sure enough it was a no go. Just to be sure I took it to a local shop and had them test it. It was confirmed inoperative. No one I know of enjoys being in this position; at the mercy of the guys who just took your money and sold you a bad card. The price of the card was so good that for a brief moment I actually thought about just blowing the whole thing off, but ended up contacting Coretek and explaining the situation. It was well after what I would consider normal operating hours, but within a few hours I got a message stating that they would ship a replacement the next day. Still cynical I waited and sure enough I got a tracking number the following afternoon and this afternoon, less than 24 hours later, the replacement arrived in a package that bordered on excessive. The static bag that contained the card was gently surrounded in expanding foam packaging and placed in a 9x9x9 inch cardboard box that was labeled “Electronic Material Don’t Drop or Crush”. The card was installed and operating within minutes. What started out a little shaky ended up being a downright joyful experience. You’re absolutely right I’d recommend Coretek to anyone shopping for refurbished components. I hope, in fact, that I get the chance.