x2 DVD burning on next PowerBook revision?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macphoria, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    Do you think next PowerBook update will bring us x2 DVD burning instead of current x1?

    I read that current DVD-R/RW drive in PowerBook is already capable of x2 burning, but Apple lowered the setting in order to make it slower than Power Mac's x2. Now that Power Mac is up to x4, perhaps PowerBooks will go up to x2 DVD burning?
  2. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2002
    In Atlanta!
    Let's hope so.
    If not, the external DVD drives are relatively cheap now so getting a 4x wouldn't be a bad alternative at all. Honestly, how many of you actually burn DVDs while "truly mobile" anyways?!
    In addition, I doubt that anyone would continue to use a G4 for heavy duty DVD production or backups to DVD-Rs for that matter.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Re: x2 DVD burning on next PowerBook revision?

    I was under the impression that the reason it was kept as 1x was due to a heat problem. Burning at 2x caused too much heat. I don't think that they did it just to make it slower than the PowerMacs. The PowerMacs have actually had 4x for a while now, as do the iMacs, if I'm not mistaken.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    2x would be great. I decided not to even bother putting a dvd burner in my tibook until they got faster than 1x.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    I dont know why you would want a superdrive in a laptop at this point... your battery would die in the middle of it if you are burning any kind of lengthy DVD that you just made... Combo Drive is perfect for notebooks and that's all that really is needed. has some decent speed (24x write) and plays DVD movies. :)

    I dont really see them putting a 2x DVD-R drive in the next PB revision though as heat is already an issue... unless they have the 7457 Processor....
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I'd say because a lot of people don't have enough money to buy a laptop and a desktop. so for people who can only afford one computer, and want a laptop, being able to have an internal superdrive is a nice option.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    I for one would prefer my next laptop to hold everything and do everything for me, including the burning of DVD's.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL

    I agree. I plan on getting a powerbook when the next revision comes out and I know I won't be able to afford a desktop for a few years at least.

  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2003
    I have to disagree. I have a PowerBook, but I cannot afford and do not want a desktop for space reasons. I go to college .. think small dorm room. I would much rather have a speedy DVD burner in my PowerBook then a slow-pokey one, or even a fast CD burner in place of a SuperDrive. I had to back up my files on CDs recently (couldn't afford a firewire hard drive), and it took 32 CDs! It would have taken only 6 or 7 DVDs to do the same task. It doesn't matter to me if the battery would die in the middle of writing a DVD. I would just wait to plug it in to the wall (I do the same with writing CDs anyway). Some people's laptops serve as their only computer, and it seems logical that it should have the fastest technology that it can hold. :)

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