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g808
Oct 6, 2003, 12:53 PM
I'm looking to buy a new 15" Powerbook, but am not sure if I want to fork over the extra $200 for the Super Drive.

If you own a PB with the Super Drive are you satisfied with how long it takes to burn to a CD-R/CD-RW? In fact, on average how long does it take?

I doubt I'll burn many DVDs, but am attracted to the option of being able to do so. However, the burn speed of a CD-RW concerns me (4x for SuperDrive vs. 10x for Combo).

Any insight/experiences are appreciated.

plutnicki
Oct 6, 2003, 02:42 PM
It seems that is the primary question to answer. Otherwise, most people seem to feel that getting an external Firewire DVD burner for infrequent burning is the better option.

Personally, I got the Superdrive in my TiBook because I wanted a full featured laptop and because I wanted to play around with iDVD. The burning is not fast, but I typically burn and walk away anyway, and I don't do enough that burning faster means anything to me (same thing with print speed, BTW).

I've never timed the burn speed, but it's not fast, that's for sure.

If you don't need iDVD, or are going to pop for DVD Studio Pro anyway, skip the Superdrive since you have performance concerns and go for the faster external.

That'd be my $0.02

BrandonRP0123
Oct 6, 2003, 02:57 PM
Are you sure the combo drive only writes CDs at 10x? I ask because the combo drive in my 12" PB (867Mhz) writes CDs at 24x according to the spec.

g808
Oct 6, 2003, 03:12 PM
Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW):
reads DVDs at up to 8x speed,
writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed,
writes CD-RW discs at up to 10x speed,
reads CDs at up to 24x speed

SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW):
writes DVD-R discs at up to 2x speed,
reads DVDs at up to 8x speed,
writes CD-R discs at up to 16x speed,
writes CD-RW discs at up to 4x speed,
reads CDs at up to 24x speed