Internal or External DVD Burner for PB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Steven1621, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2003
    The internal DVD burner on the PB is only 2X, rather slow in my opinion.

    Would it be better to just get the combo drive and put the money saved to a 4X or 8X external? By getting the combo drive, it saves you about $180 (edu).

    Is this worth it?

    Those of you with the internal DVD, is it worth the money?
  2. laserbeahm macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
    I heard that iDVD doesn't work with external drives.
  3. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    need more info brah..

    how much DVD burning are you doing?
    How much are you traveling with your powerbook?
    Wil you be sitting on the couch.. at a desk.. moving all over the place..

    Personally I am buring several DVDs a day and the 2x Superdrive is tollerable, but that is mostly because I am not willing to make that trade for portability sake. It is not worth the hassle to have to carry around a firewire burner and always have to be near a outlet so I can plug everything in.

    I work out of several locations and hotels all the time and lugging around a Laptop, firewire burner, firewire harddrive and firewire hub (only 1 firewire port on my powerbook) and possibly a powerstrip defeats the whole purpose of a laptop.

    Waaay to much headache.

    But its a decision for you to make bro.. just my 2 pesos.

    - Doc
  4. gemio17 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2003
    I just ordered the 15" 1.25ghz with 5400rpm and the combo drive- after the $180 savings (actually after bumping up to the better hd it's about $68 savings) but, regardless you can get a much cheaper, much faster external drive. Didn't seem worth it to me to get a slow sd with my hot new pb....
  5. numediaman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    I've heard some people claim that iDVD will work with an external drive -- but I doubt it.

    I assume that a new DVD drive will come with its own burning software -- probably Toast. In any case, I would buy Toast because of its reliability.

    I like external burners, in general, especially since I absolutely hate slot loading drives . . . (mine has died several times, and they seem awfully tempermental).

    Are there FW800 DVD burners out there?
  6. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Yes, thats true. It doesn't work. And thats really something to consider and think about. But anyway. He already ordered.
  7. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    get the internal and down the road get a FW burner if you really need speed. I use DVD Studio Pro all the time with my internal burner. I don't find it to be too much of a hassle to build the DVD and then burn it with Toast while i sleep. If you are doing video work than you need to spend the extra money on a 7200 RPM firewire drive.

    So all in all I would get the PB with the burner in it and go to OWC for a good, cheap 7200 RPM drive.
  8. Macnasien macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2003
    Irvine, California
    Get the internal

    I never regret my choice to buy the 12" PB with internal SuperDrive. I have an external Firewirecase with a Yamaha CD-Burner for fast CD-R/RW with an 160 GB Harddrive for Backup and Multimedia. I think there are 3 points which make me buy an internal:
    1) Burn DVDs anywhere
    2) If you want to sell your PB later ...
    3) eas of use of iDVD,which won't work with any external DVD-Burner.

    Hope it'll help you a bit.


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