Laptop DVD Burner & Laptop Blue-Ray
Burner Buyers Guide
Buyers advice for the laptop DVD burner
& the laptop Blue-Ray Burner
- Mainstream: DVD+/-RW
- Enthusiast: Blue-Ray
- Mainstream: DVD+/-RW
- Extreme Budget:
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
Welcome to The World of Laptop
Most standard sized laptops
today have some type of
optical drive built-in such as a DVD, CD, or even a next-gen optical
drive like Blue-Ray or HD-DVD.
Some super compact laptops on the other
hand may contain an external laptop DVD burner or other optical drive
instead because of size limitations.
of the laptop type and whether or not it has an internal or external
drive, the most common type of optical drive that you will in fact find
in a laptop today is a DVD+/-RW drive, also commonly called a laptop
Blue-Ray & DVD+/-RW Drives
the most common optical format these days we will actually be
highlighting it more so than the other optical drive formats in this
Blue-Ray will also be
a major focus because it is sure to be the
While we hate to be
biased, we are going to leave
HD-DVD out of this guide for it looks to have already gone the way of
Blue-Ray and HD DVD
laptops are not that super common today, but we do expect to see
the next optical drive standard in the not so distant future and
incorporated in more laptops most definitely.
is a revolution over the original DVD format offering next-generation
technological advances to boot. The futuristic sounding name in fact is
derived from its use of the newer type of blue-violet laser.
To some peoples surprise HD-DVD also uses a blue
laser, but its
underlying technology in contrast is more simply an evolution of the
original DVD format. In our opinion this meager evolution is actually
why HD-DVD has already gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Of course the lack of
a cool name may have something to do with it too!
The laptop DVD-RW
drive as we mentioned in the introduction is the most common laptop
optical drive these days. They are not only the evolution of the
CD-RW/CD burner, but a laptop DVD burner hands down is one of the most
versatile drives out there.
DVD-RW drives can not only read standard CD or DVD-ROM discs, but they
can also write/record to special CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs
too. Now how is that for versatile? Hence the versatile in (DVD)
Digital Versatile Disc.
One layer or
With a laptop DVD
burner you even have some flexibility with storage capacity and price
for recording media.
media options include what's called either a single-layer or dual-layer
disc. Single-layer discs have a storage capacity of 4.7GB and
dual-layer double that respectively. Price wise however dual-layer
discs are going to cost you over double single layer prices.
it is nice to have an option of storage capacity, especially if say you
ever wanted to pack more of your cherished family photos onto a disc
for archiving, or backup some of your important client data or class
projects, or even squeeze your favorite movie on a disc in its
As you see, a laptop
DVD burner is truly versatile, and a must for students, business users,
and home users alike.
to be the dominant next-generation optical format, Blue-Ray is a
complete revolution over older CD and DVD technologies offering
superior storage capacity for High-Definition content of today and the
Blue-Ray drives offer
storage capacity increase over standard DVD technologies, and similar
to a laptop DVD burner, Blue-Ray drives also have media recording
options in either single-layer or dual-layer.
order to meet the storage demands for HD content, single-layer discs
hold a whopping 25GB and dual-layer discs a staggering 50GB. Sweet!
top of all this a laptop Blue-Ray burner can also read and write
regular DVD and CD media. As you see Blue-Ray has next-gen written all
But Should I
fork out the funds?
of this writing the price premium for a laptop blue-ray burner is still
steep over the traditional laptop DVD burner so we don't quite
recommend the laptop Blue-Ray burner for everyone just yet.
for the show off, hardcore computer enthusiast, or money isn't really
option individual, a next-gen optical drive like a laptop Blue-Ray
burner may just be the ticket.
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even the cheapest new laptop will most certainly include a laptop DVD
burner, but if you are on a truly tight budget and say shopping for a
used or refurbished notebook you may still find a laptop with a
DVD/CD-RW Combo drive.
This is our absolute
minimum recommendation these days for any laptop to be honest so we
aren't going to go that much in depth. In a nutshell a CD-RW combo
drive will allow you to read standard CD and DVD discs, but you can
only in fact record/burn to CD's.
and certainly least are standard CD and DVD read only drives. Unless
you are getting a hand me down laptop we doubt you will be seeing one
of these little guys.These drives do nothing but read either CD or
Blu-Ray Burners, Laptops With Blu-Ray Burners, External DVD Burners
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