Monday, April 25, 2005
Posted by Jason Dunn in "HARDWARE" @ 11:00 AM
Product Category: Optical drive
Where to Buy: Pricegrabber Low Price Search [Affiliate]
Price: $89 to $129 USD
System Requirements: 5.25" drive bay or external enclosure. Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 Professional SP3; 800MHz Intel® Pentium® III (1.6GHz recommended); 128MB RAM (256MB recommended for video editing); 660MB hard disk space for software and DVD video disc creation.
Specifications: 16x DVD+R; 8x DVD-R; 2.4x DL DVD; 24x CD-R write speeds. 24x CD-R, DVD±RW up to 4X re-write speeds. 16x DVD+R; 8x DVD-R, 2.4x DL DVD; 24x CD-R read speeds.
- LightScribe burning is amazing;
- Fast burning to a variety of DVD formats.
- Required a software patch to get working;
- Weak software bundle;
- Expensive compared to other drives.
Right-click one of these links to download the video, or left click on it to stream:
• Desktop (640x480, 15MB)
• Pocket PC (320x240, 12 MB - requires WMP 10 Mobile)
• Smartphone (160x120, 2.7 MB - requires WMP 10 Mobile)
• Portable Media Center (320 x 240, 12 MB)
LightScribe technology was first announced in 2004, and roughly one year later we have the first shipping product from HP. The dvd640 is the first shipping DVD drive with LightScribe technology, and while it has a few rough edges, LightScribe lives up to the hype - it's an incredibly cool way to personalize your CDs and DVDs.
Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys mobile devices, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Alberta, Canada.