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I've been on the lookout for a very good, future-proof Blu-Ray burner and this is the best I can find on the net right now.

It writes Blu-Ray's at 12x which is (one of, if not THE) fastest on the market right now at this price range!

Amazon = £67.06.
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Chivas Regal 5 Likes
Remembers the days when putting in a 3.5 inch floppy drive would futureproof my pc!!! :)

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djfluff 2 Likes #1
There were some decent deals on blu-ray media on the scn/todayonly page.
54p a disk (10 pack of 25GB)
http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/index.aspx#9
paddy.stone 2 Likes #2
Have the 207DBK model myself, these are a good price.

Wouldn't worry too much about future proof to be honest as the 50GB dual layer discs are still not cheap enough to bother with unless it's something you just have to put all on one disc - I'm sticking with 25GB TDK or verbatims for the meantime, TDK when the data is important but not long term important, and verbatims for when it's for the long haul... TDK at present cost approx £20 for 25 disc spindle and are rated 4x and burn @ 10x, and the verbatim cost approx £32 for 25 and are rated 6x and burn @ 6x also.
mickw66#3
Yeah, agreed that the media is quite pricey right now, but it won't be coming down any time soon, but at least with this you won't need to buy a new Blu-Ray drive in a couple of years when the quad-layer disks are readily available.

It's pretty much the same as the DBK but this is MBK, which just adds the multi-layer feature for an extra quid, which I think is an awesome deal to be honest.
paddy.stone#4
Yep,I agree this is a great deal. I paid £70 approx for my 207dbk only about 4-6 months ago
ZeenZeenie#5
Been in the market for one of these, cheers OP.

;)
amukid1992#6
damn it
just bought a samsung one that writes at 6x literally 2 days ago
ABZ 'E'#7
i was looking at this very drive on amazon. Good price and free delivery 5-7 days via CCL, cheers
Kentaro#8
Ordered, Cheers OP!
DE4L3R#9
Is there software available to backup blu rays?
amukid1992#10
DE4L3R
Is there software available to backup blu rays?
I heard powerdvd is the recommended software for using blurays on pc
Chivas Regal 5 Likes #11
Remembers the days when putting in a 3.5 inch floppy drive would futureproof my pc!!! :)
ZeenZeenie 1 Like #12
I just thought I'd add... this is the OEM version (I believe), so no software included and usually means less of a warranty period. I have changed my mind and instead of buying this I'm going to spend £9.51 more and get the BDR-S07XLT retail version from Scan.co.uk.

From quick google search:
S07 (BDR-S07XLT) is the premium drive that supports the most hardware features and, as you noticed, sports the nicest look. It also supports a few extra features and can be used with a few dedicated utilities to make the drive quiet or make it perform at maximum performance.

207M (BDR-207MBK) is the next drive in the tier, losing the fancy appearance, but still supports BDXL and all other hardware features. You lose the geeky ability to control the drive noise level and a few other premium features, but that is only a tiny thing, and the drive would still be perfectly capable and is still premium in its own right.

I'm trying to find out what the difference in the warranties is, probably 1-year for the OEM and 2 or 3 years the the retail.
For me, £9.50 for software, nicer looks, extended warranty, and a few more features (especially the noise reducer) is well worth it.

Still a hot deal tho, OP. Hope this helps someone.

ZZ
REDBULL2K7#13
some cheap 50gig disks is all we need now
2StepSteve#14
I like.

I just don't like the cost of the media. It is taking what feels like a life time to come down in price.
plewis00#15
mickw66
Yeah, agreed that the media is quite pricey right now, but it won't be coming down any time soon, but at least with this you won't need to buy a new Blu-Ray drive in a couple of years when the quad-layer disks are readily available.

It's pretty much the same as the DBK but this is MBK, which just adds the multi-layer feature for an extra quid, which I think is an awesome deal to be honest.

Have you seen the price of quad-layer discs (128GB) - they're nearly the same price as the drive (not to say this isn't still a good deal)!

Edited By: plewis00 on Oct 23, 2012 23:59
WayOfTheRoss 1 Like #16
ZeenZeenie
I just thought I'd add... this is the OEM version (I believe), so no software included and usually means less of a warranty period. I have changed my mind and instead of buying this I'm going to spend £9.51 more and get the BDR-S07XLT retail version from Scan.co.uk.

From quick google search:
S07 (BDR-S07XLT) is the premium drive that supports the most hardware features and, as you noticed, sports the nicest look. It also supports a few extra features and can be used with a few dedicated utilities to make the drive quiet or make it perform at maximum performance.

207M (BDR-207MBK) is the next drive in the tier, losing the fancy appearance, but still supports BDXL and all other hardware features. You lose the geeky ability to control the drive noise level and a few other premium features, but that is only a tiny thing, and the drive would still be perfectly capable and is still premium in its own right.

I'm trying to find out what the difference in the warranties is, probably 1-year for the OEM and 2 or 3 years the the retail.
For me, £9.50 for software, nicer looks, extended warranty, and a few more features (especially the noise reducer) is well worth it.

Still a hot deal tho, OP. Hope this helps someone.

ZZ


BDR-S07J: shiny faceplate, honeycomb chassis, BDXL, MIJ, retail box
BDR-S07XLB: shiny faceplate, honeycomb chassis, BDXL, MIC, retail box
BDR-S07XLT: shiny faceplate, honeycomb chassis, MIC, retail box
BDR-207EBK: standard faceplate and chassis, BDXL, MIC, retail box
BDR-2207: standard faceplate and chassis, BDXL, MIC, USA only retail box
BDR-207MBK: standard faceplate and chassis, BDXL, MIC, OEM
BDR-207DBK: standard faceplate and chassis, MIC, OEM

MIJ = Made in Japan (best)
MIC = Made in China (adequate)
OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. No software usually as will supposed to be for system builds not retrofits (retail)

The one you suggest from scan does not have BDXL.
ZeenZeenie#17
WayOfTheRoss
The one you suggest from scan does not have BDXL.

I think you're right. But then what does this mean... "BDXL compatible pick-up unit" in the PureRead3+ feature description?

ZZ

Edited By: ZeenZeenie on Oct 24, 2012 00:35
James_cleeve73#19
paddy.stone
Have the 207DBK model myself, these are a good price.

Wouldn't worry too much about future proof to be honest as the 50GB dual layer discs are still not cheap enough to bother with unless it's something you just have to put all on one disc - I'm sticking with 25GB TDK or verbatims for the meantime, TDK when the data is important but not long term important, and verbatims for when it's for the long haul... TDK at present cost approx £20 for 25 disc spindle and are rated 4x and burn @ 10x, and the verbatim cost approx £32 for 25 and are rated 6x and burn @ 6x also.

I wouldn't place too much stock in TDK media if I were you, over the past 5 years I have burned about 400ish DVD-Rs of various brands. The only ones that have now almost all failed are TDK. Blue ones to be more specific, I'm sure anyone else who bought a bunch of these will have had the same experience. TDK are not a safe bet as they use a variety of manufacturers to make their disks and some of them are very sub standard. Safest bet I think are Verbatim but not the ones made in India....
arithon68#20
The media is waaaay overpriced. It is still cheaper to buy a NAS drive than the blank media. I costed backing up my data and a 6TB NAS was cheaper.
I already own a dual layer BluRay writer and only use it for annual photo backups.

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