Items tagged with Burner

Some of us are familiar with the concept of “burner” cell phones from movies involving copious amounts of crime, but wouldn’t you know it, there are also legitimately legal uses for a temporary cell phone or phone number, such as job searches, Craigslist communications, and so on. The Burner app gave iOS users the ability to generate disposable phone numbers, and now the same is available to Android users, as well. The free app download comes with one free Burner number, which allows for incoming and outgoing calls and text messages, voicemail, and the ability to earn free credits if you invite friends to use the service. Users must build up or buy credits to use various aspects... Read more...
The wide open worlds of 3D and Blu-ray are combining, and it's Asus that's bringing the two closer than ever. The company's new SBW-06C2X-U is a 3D Blu-ray writer, fully supporting BDXL, 6x Blu-ray writes, Blu-ray 3D playback, 2D-to-3D conversions, DVD upscaling to 1080p HD, 5.1 channel Dolby EX and DTS-HD and the ability to even play nice with Mac machines -- which cannot be ordered with Blu-ray from the factory, strangely enough. The device can be used upright or horizontal, and the sleek black form factor is certainly nice to look at. The unit is aimed at those who need to archive massive amounts of data, with the ability to burn up to 100GB on BD-R(TL), and 128GB of BD-R(QL). There's no word... Read more...
Blu-ray burners aren't nearly as uncommon as they once were, but that doesn't make Plextor's new PX-LB950UE 12X external Blu-ray writer any less attractive. It's tough to find legitimate 12x BD burning options, and this one is bolstered by the addition of eSATA and USB 3.0. It won't handle BDXL, but discs having a capacity of 25GB or 50GB should be fine. This one also features PlexUTILITIES and Lightscribe direct disc labeling, and if you've been looking for new accessories to best take advantage of those new ports on your new machine...well, look no further. For the movie buffs, you'll be happy to know that 3D movie playback is also supported, and the drive can convert 2D material "3D" material.... Read more...
LaCie may be offering a portable Blu-ray drive for those who own ODD-less notebooks, but not everyone is ready or willing to invest in BD. Lite-On, which is a company that has made a name for themselves in the storage sector over the years, is catering to that group with the new eNAU608 8X External Slim DVD Writer. They're also catering to the folks who love to style things up, offering one of the only (if not the only) portable DVD writer with lids that can be swapped out. These decorative interchangeable top cover inserts are included with the drive, and they provide a unique level of customization to a kind of product that is rarely tweak-able. Moreover, users can create their own inserts... Read more...
Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The new DM110 series will be available in July in four models ranging from a base model with a DVD burner to a higher-end model with a Blu-ray burner and data bridge function. EZDigiMagic Announces New Storage Products That Back Up Flash Memory Cards and Laptops with the Touch of a Button EL PASO, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Take advantage of simple and convenient... Read more...
A bunch of new netbooks launched at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, but you'll still have to select an ultraportable (or larger) if you want a machine with an integrated optical drive. Still, Intel's new Atom N450 is likely to move quite a few more netbooks in early 2010, particularly amongst those who were waiting for the aged Atom N270 to be replaced. Optical drives aren't always needed, but when you do need one, you need one in the worst way. Samsung seems to understand this better than anyone, this week introducing a prototype of its new slim external DVD writer, the SE-S084D optical disk drive (ODD). It was designed to be slimmer, smaller and more compact than any rivaling... Read more...
Blu-ray adoption may slowly be growing, but that's not stopping Samsung from trying to hasten the process. Today, the company introduced its first-ever internal Blu-ray Disc combo drive, with the ability to read BD-R and BD-ROM discs at 8x. It'll also read CDs at up to 40x and DVDs at up to 16x. With Samsung’s fast dual layer jumping algorithm, the new SH-B083 COMBO drive features an average access speed of 350ms which is much faster than any other drive on the market. The new drive reads Blu-ray discs and reads and writes CD/DVDs--in other words, this is the perfect drive for your bargain HTPC and for those who aren't going to bother paying top-dollar for BD-R media, anyway. The drive also features... Read more...
Looks like we've got ourselves quite the conundrum. Today, Pioneer has unleashed the planet's first-ever 12x Blu-ray Disc writer. Problem is, all writable Blu-ray media available on U.S. shelves is still at 6x. In other words, you can now buy a writer that'll toast media twice as fast as the media that's currently available. Like we said, it's a strange problem indeed.Still, for those with faith in the future (and optical media companies needing to catch up), Pioneer's BDR-205 Blu-ray Disc Computer Writer is an attractive piece. It's easily the industry's fastest BD writer, with all other rivals currently maxing out at 8x. When utilized with a properly configured PC, the drive’s Low Vibration... Read more...
Just a few weeks back, Lite-On introduced its very own 8X Blu-ray Disc reader; today, Pioneer is one-upping that with its 8X Blu-ray Disc burner. The BDR-2203 picks up where the others have left off by adding in 8X BD writing (the fastest currently available for the format) as well as the traditional CD-R and DVD-R burning capabilities. Aimed at professional authoring gurus and choosy HTPC owners, this new internal optical drive provides users with a solid brand name, top-notch burn support and the ability to play back 1080p films -- all for less than a standalone deck, in some cases. With the drive, users can burn up to 50GB of information onto a single BD-R or BD-RE disc -- assuming they can... Read more...
If you're thinking that this one sounds familiar, it's because it is. Other World Computing just announced last October that it would be selling a quad interface external Blu-ray drive, and while its 4x BD-R burn speed was fine for most, those with time that's extraordinarily precious may long for something quicker. Now, there's the 8x version of the same drive, designed to cut those Blu-ray Disc burn times down by half while burning blank DVDs at up to 16x and blank CDs at up to 32x. This drive can write to an empty Blu-ray Disc at speeds of up to 2GB per minute, but the trick will be finding 8x capable media that you can afford. Just as before, this unit includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400,... Read more...
Sony just started selling an 18X DVD Burner. But when you've got your ripper software workin', you don't have time to waste. Lite-On ups the ante with 20X Lite-On launched two 20x internal models: the LH-20A1P and the LH-20A1H, the latter equipped with LightScribe to burn disc labels. The ATAPI-connected drives can handle all the usual formats: DVD°R/RW, DVD°R dual-layer, DVD-RAM and CD-RW at a variety of speeds. You'll have those rentals back to Blockbuster so fast they'll think you never left. Lite-On DVD 20X... Read more...
Hey folks, We've got some news for you to digest on your lunch break :) HTPC news has sent us an article regarding bugs with the GeForce 6xxx series cards and using them as a HTPC(Home Theater Personal Computer). Probably a good idea to check it out if your thinking of making a media center out of your system. Anyway, here are the reviews... Thermaltake K450 (CL-P0075) AMD Athlon 64 Heatpipe Cooler @ Bjorn3D "The first time I heard about the Thermaltake K450 heatsink was when I started my search for a CPU cooler for my Athlon 64 FX 55 in my SLI system. The problem I had was that the heatsink that was sent to me for my FX 55 was not meant for that CPU. I found this out by seeing my FX 55... Read more...
Good evening loyal HotHardware fans! It's BW again, here to let you know that we've just posted a comprehensive Dual-Layer DVD Burner Round-Up - there's a link right at the top of the page. We've got drives from Sony, Plextor, BenQ, Lite-On, and Asus all represented. Click here to find out which drive was our favorite...... Read more...
  It used to be the case that the fastest optical drive was, by default, the best. Reducing CD burn times from 12 minutes to eight and then to six was considered significant evolutionary progress. But then a barrier was encountered, where the imperfect nature of mass-produced compact discs precluded, or at least made it much more difficult, to spin them faster than 52x. Rather than risk spontaneously disintegrating media, drive manufacturers have since focused their attention elsewhere. After all, we'd tend to agree that a polycarbonate saucer spinning in excess of 10,000 rotations per minute next to our knees is plenty, thank you. So, now we have DVD burners flying along at 16x, or roughly... Read more...
My head feels like a brick. My head feels like it got hit by a brick. In other words, being sick sucks. I need more sleep, so I'll keep this short... MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review @ PCSTATS "Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD /-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD /-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course you can still burn conventional CD recordable media and the MSI DR16-B flies along at 40x for CD-R,... Read more...
Hey folks, welcome back.  We're winding down the work week and ringing in the weekend here at HH.  It looks like we're not the only ones as the hardware reviewage is a little lite this morning.  Don't fret, we have a lot on tap for you, so be patient, we've got a nice line-up coming your way soon: LiteOn 8x DVD±R/ 4X ±RW SOHW-812S @ Bjorn3D: "Isn't it amazing to look where we are today with optical storage? It was not long ago when my Philips 2x CDRW drive was 'hot,' and the true proof of what a hardware geek I was. True, it took 30 minutes to burn a CD, and if you sneezed at the computer while it was burning, you got a coaster, but so what? I could burn baby burn! Today,... Read more...
Good evening folks!  Thankfully, I have completely recovered from this weekend's festivities (my girl threw me an awesome surprise party for my birthday), and decided to stop in for a quick shot of news.  Most of the action today was dominated by NVIDIA's SLI announcement and Intel's Nacona news, but there were some other goodies posted as well.  Here's goes...  Dell Inspiron XPS Notebook Review @ Hard|OCP: "The Dell Inspiron XPS brings forth a level of game playability that allows you the power to easily head off to any LAN game and compete, or to enjoy the latest 3D adventure in the privacy of your home. And then without issue, you can use it for those daily computing... Read more...
Good morning friends, how is everyone doing?  Things around the Canadian portion of the HH labs have been fairly mundane so far today.  Between applying a few Ghost Images and taking a few pictures for a review, I think the coffee machine has been doing the brunt of the work ;)  Nonetheless, let's take a step out of the HH world and see what else is happening around the net.... Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Series Memory @ ExtremeMHz "The XL series is a major step in the right direction in order to achieve a higher level of performance from DDR memory.  The lower latencies do really play a major role in overall system performance, and they show in our test results.  Don't... Read more...
We've taken a look at quite a few dual format DVD burners over the last few months, and found some to be better than others for various reasons.  Most, if not all, of the drives we've reviewed shined in one area, but were lacking in another. Whether it be slower CD-R burning speeds, lack of options, or slow access times, we keep pressing on trying to find that one drive that will cover all the basics well.  Don't take this the wrong way, however, as we have generally been impressed by of what we've seen in the past, and the Plextor 708A still reigns supreme as our burner of choice (a drive, by the way, that we gave a 9.5 and an Editor's Choice award last December). Today, we're going... Read more...
Good morning gang.  There is some good happening going on with some news out of Computex and DVD and Athlon64 lovin.  So without further delay, here is your morning news: The Guys at Hardwarezoom.com got the chance to tour the ABIT manufacturing facility in Taiwan: "Wonder how Abit did their motherboard testing? Want to know their working environment? Hardwarezoom was invited to visit Abit test labs in Taiwan and in this article, we have plenty of photos to show. Take a look and you will know why they are one of the best motherboard manufacturer in the world." While they were there, they spent some time at a little event called Computex in Taipei: "1st June 2004 mark... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers As the old saying goes, "where there is a will, there is a way".  When AMD's Athlon first hit the market many were disappointed with the lack of user configuration options for the first round of Athlon Motherboards.  Still today, there aren't many boards out there that can do much in the way of overclocking the Athlon.  That didn't stop the good folks at Outside Loop from inventing a truly convenient way to overclock your Athlon processor in just about any motherboard imaginable.  With the twist of a simple rotary switch the Afterburner Overclocking card from Outside Loop will turn your meager... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers We'll let the pictures say it all...   We dialed the Athlon straight up to 800MHz. with the Afterburner from Outside Loop.  This particular CPU we had, held stable throughout our tests for hours on end at this frequency.  Will you be able to hit this mark?  I don't know but the Afterburner will let you find out and some sort of overclock achievement is almost guaranteed with Athlons.  There just hasn't been a clean and easy way to achieve it, until now. Update  12/22/99: We used an Athlon 500 with a modification done to it to give it 1/3 cache division.  This is something that sometimes... Read more...