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    DVD Burner Roundup Review
    Author: Alan Wong
    Date Posted: November 9th, 2003
    TDK IndiDVD 440N SLRating: SLRating: 6/10
    Memorex Dual-X Dual Format DVD Recorder SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    LG GSA-4040B Super Multi DVD Writer SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: Prices of DVD Burners are now dropping dramatically making them more affordable than ever before. We reviewed Dual Format DVD Burners from TDK, Memorex and LG. Although the prices for these burners are similar performance varied significantly. Read on to find out which one out performed the others in our official review.......

    Find the lowest price for this product Memorex Dual-X Dual Format DVD Recorder
    Find the lowest price for this product TDK IndiDVD 440N
    Find the lowest price for this product LG GSA-4040B Super Multi DVD Writer
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    After extensive burning benchmarking, it is pretty obvious which burner performed the best. Here is the recap: The Memorex was the fastest when burning at 4x DVD+R and 2.4x DVD+RW. It managed to burn at 4x DVD-R too, which happened to give it an advantage over the TDK 440N and the LG GSA-4040B. The reason for this was because the TDK 440N was unable to burn any DVD-R/RW (but DVD+R/RW was fine), which made the drive an equivalent of a Single Format 4x DVD+R/RW Drive instead of a 4x DVD±R/RW Drive (which is awkward, seeing as this drive cost the most of all 3 drives and performed arguably the poorest). The LG GSA-4040B’s performance was all in all mediocre; being able to burn all DVD formats, but unable to burn DVD-Rs at 4x (unless Pioneer or Maxell media is used to burn). However, it managed to burn DVD-RWs at 2x speed 26 seconds faster than the Memorex Dual Format Drive. The DVD-RAM burning feature of the GSA-4040B turned out to be rather useless, since it took roughly 40 minutes for it to burn a 4.2GB image file (while it only took roughly 25 minutes to burn the same thing on a DVD-RW or DVD+RW). All the DVD Backups that were created were excellent quality and did not contain any pixilation or anything of the sort (so DVD Backup quality should not be a problem with the drives, as far as Signl-Layer Copying goes). Here are my conclusions of the Roundup of the 3 Dual Format DVD Burners:

    TDK IndiDVD 440N:


    • Mediocre DVD+R/RW Burning Speed


    • Can’t Burn DVD-R/RW (making it equivalent to a DVD+R/RW Drive)
    • Expensive (Around $160)

    SLRating: ****** (6/10)


    Memorex Dual Format DVD Recorder:


    • Superior Burning Speed when burning at 4x DVD+R, 4x DVD-R, and 2.4x DVD+RW.
    • Can burn at 4x DVD-R, unlike the TDK 440N and LG GSA-4040B
    • Overall, a very well rounded and fast burner


    • Reading speed is a bit poor

    SLRating: ********* (9.5/10)


    LG GSA-4040B DVD-RAM Drive:


    • Fast 2x DVD-RW Burning
    • Can burn and read DVD-RAM (even though DVD-RAM burning is practically useless when you can burn DVD+RW and DVD-RW much faster)
    • DVD read speed high
    • High CD Write Speed (24x) and CD ReWrite Speed (16x)
    • Low Price Tag! Only around $130


    • Only able to burn DVD-R discs at 2x, unless Pioneer or Maxell blank media discs are used.
    • Burning Speeds at 4x DVD+R and 2.4x DVD+RW was slowest

    SLRating: ******** (8/10)

    Out of all 3 drives, the Memorex Dual Format DVD Recorder performed the best in most areas of burning. The only thing that keeps it from receiving a perfect score of 10 is the lack of speed in DVD reading (but shouldn’t be a major problem, since DVD playback is fine). It is my pleasure to give the Memorex 4x Dual Format DVD Recorder Editor’s Choice.

    I would like to thank Franklin and Matt of FM Group for sending the TDK 440N Burner, Brad at LG Electronics for the GSA-4040B, and Mark at Memorex for the 4x Dual Format DVD Recorder.

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    1. Introduction
    2. TDK IndiDVD 440N
    3. Memorex Dual-X Dual Format DVD Recorder
    4. LG GSA-4040B Super Multi DVD Writer
    5. Test Set Up
    6. Benchmarking: Nero CD-DVD Speed
    7. Benchmarking: DVD±R Burning
    8. Benchmarking: DVD±RW and DVD-RAM Burning
    9. Conclusions

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