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$250 for a LiteOn Burner???!

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Viper69

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I may need to replace the burner in my sig file. I looked it up on Newegg and it's 249$!! I bought it for 19.99$ a few years ago.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

Is this because it's a model from 2012?

I just want the same or newer model with Lightscribe for my rig in my sig file. Confused..

Never had issue with LiteOn

Any input or suggestions for fast model with Lightscribe appreciated.
 
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ATMINSIDE

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Notice it isn't being sold by Newegg?

I'd suggest going in to the main drive section and applying a filter for "Lightscribe".
 

Evilsizer

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this makes me wonder now, why dont current BD drives have light scribe...
 
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Viper69

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It seems Ligjtscribe didn't catch on. I'll end up getting something else like I have minus that feature. What a bummer. :(
 

ShrimpBrime

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LiteOn is a really decent Burner.

This one here the correct link is a little high priced. I cannot recall exactly what I had paid for mine, but it was a dual layer lightscribe. Ultra fast burner. Reliable too. This is 24X write speed, while cheaper models do 8X. That's why the price. But believe me, worth every penny to have a good drive.

However you can still get burners cheap with lightscribe around 30$. Again only 8X write speeds. Example. Notice in details there's no description for the read and write speeds. Probably a 4X lol.
 
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Viper69

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LiteOn is a really decent Burner.

This one here the correct link is a little high priced. I cannot recall exactly what I had paid for mine, but it was a dual layer lightscribe. Ultra fast burner. Reliable too. This is 24X write speed, while cheaper models do 8X. That's why the price. But believe me, worth every penny to have a good drive.

However you can still get burners cheap with lightscribe around 30$. Again only 8X write speeds. Example. Notice in details there's no description for the read and write speeds. Probably a 4X lol.

I own that exact model in your first link, bought right from NewEgg. I bought it for 19.99 4 years ago. A gray foam disk was found on top of a CD recently, and tech supports seems to think it's time to replace the drive.

I believe the reason that drive goes for 249$ is because it's a few years old, and thus there aren't may anymore and has Lightscribe, among a few other features. It was cheap years ago.

I believe for LiteON, this is the closest model to ours.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106393

Ours has a 2Meg buffer, this one has 512Kb buffer. Some of the speeds are different.

The LiteOn iHAS 124-14, other than the above mentioned differences, has the following differences

Write Speed:
CD-RW
24X

DVD+R DL
8X

DVD-R DL
8X

DVD-RAM
5X\


The model I have has the following speeds w/the 2meg buffer
Write Speed:
CD-RW
32X

DVD+R DL
12X

DVD-R DL
12X

DVD-RAM
12X


Aside from those slower speeds, which I'm not fond of esp for the CD-RW drop in speed, they seem to be the same, minus the Lightscribe.


I think I'm going to go with this ASUS, speeds are the same as my old drive, and the buffer is 2megs unlike the LiteOn I listed above. This will be the first non-LiteOn drive I have had in over 16 years...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
 
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rescuetoaster

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The reason it is 250 is not because people are beating down the door to get a DVD burner, it's because it's being sold by one of the crappy marketplace sellers on newegg and they probably have one left. The same thing occurs on Amazon when they run low on stock - they mark the price super high so that no one buys it, and thus they don't have to close out the product page.
 
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Viper69

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The reason it is 250 is not because people are beating down the door to get a DVD burner, it's because it's being sold by one of the crappy marketplace sellers on newegg and they probably have one left. The same thing occurs on Amazon when they run low on stock - they mark the price super high so that no one buys it, and thus they don't have to close out the product page.

For sure no one is beating down the door. How does NOT having to close the product page help the seller?
 

ATMINSIDE

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It could be worth messaging the seller and asking if the price was supposed to be $24.99... Just a thought.
 

RJARRRPCGP

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Sounds like it's a seller that acts just like "memory4less.com" (Where a 100 percent markup is normal)
 

Pinky

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Lightscribe was discontinued (as of 2013).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightScribe#History

Knowing this was inevitable (the technology never caught on), and being a fan, I bought a bunch of blank Lightscribe CDs and tossed a spare sata BR player/dvd burner with lightscribe into my PC parts box for future proofness (this would replace my often used BR player/burner when it dies). So if you can find working spare drives in the aftermarket, get one or two as spares. I think blank discs can still be found, but dwindling supplies.