So, we come to the end of yet another round of DVD writer testing, and as usual weâ€™ve got a group of drives where none of them are really bad, but a couple are just that bit better.
In the last group test AOpen managed to grab a Recommended award with a drive that produced decent performance at a bargain price. This time around AOpen has once again managed to hit a stunning price point, but the DUW1608A is also the slowest drive on test by some margin. So this time, AOpen wonâ€™t be going home with an award, but if you are on a very tight budget, the DUW1608A is worth a close look.
We looked at the NEC ND-3500A back in September and gave it an Editorâ€™s Choice award since it was the fastest DVD writer weâ€™d ever seen. Now itâ€™s December and the competition has had a lot of time to catch up, but the NEC is still far and away the fastest drive on test. The retail box may be a little more expensive than some of the other drives seen here, but the ND-3500A is worth every penny and once again grabs an Editorâ€™s Choice award.
With a similar sense of dÃ©jÃ vu, we see an LG drive on the winnersâ€™ podium once more. The GSA-4160B may be the second most expensive drive on test, but itâ€™s also the second fastest overall. Add to this the fact that itâ€™s the only unit on test that can write to every DVD format including DVD-RAM, and a Recommended award is well deserved.
Finally, weâ€™d like to thank Verbatim for supplying all the blank media used while performing this group test. For more information on Verbatim and its full range of products click here.