dvd burner question

December 22, 2010 at 21:07:56
Specs: Windows 7 home premium
i just got a new toshiba laptop. i heard that laptop burners are crap and dont last long. anyway my brother has an external lg dvd burner. i think he paid $160 for it. arent internal dvd burners like $50-60? my main question is do external dvd burners last longer than internal ones?

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December 22, 2010 at 22:37:40
Internal/external. Their service life is related to the quality of the components that went into the manufacture, and the amount of use they get, together with the physical environment in which they are used. Dirt, dust, smoke etc can cause premature wear or gum up the lubricated moving parts

I don't have a laptop, only desktop systems and since burners are more expensive than ROMs I usually run two optic drives. One kept for burning and another for installing software, music & dvd , Game disks etc.

If your laptop burner outlasts the system warranty then the manufacturer has achieved their aim & promise.It's called planned obsolescence. Nothing today is built to last. It is designed with a limited service life. I recall reading somewhere that the typical burner has an expected service life of about 1000 disks. At that point the laser is weakening and burn quality begins to deteriorate. That equates to about 1 a day for 3 years. Do you expect to still be using this laptop after 3 years? ( I would but that's just me. I'm still using a couple of old Piii systems to run tests and act as a printserver )

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December 23, 2010 at 05:23:43
To expand on the above reply I would say that writer optical drives are considered disposable hardware. Even internal laptop drives are not that expensive.

If you brother recently paid $160 for an external it is either Blu-Ray capable or he paid too much.

Laptop drive may be more susepible to failure due to the compact package, overheating, and possibly variable voltages when running off battery power.

Below are two links to drives at newegg.com. The first is for external combo writers. The second is for external combo writer with blue ray read.



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December 23, 2010 at 07:01:07
"i heard that laptop burners are crap and dont last long"

I've never hear that nor have I ever encountered that. The whole point of a laptop is portability. Do you really want to lug around any external burner? I doubt you'll have any problems with the internal, if you do, deal with it then.

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