Who Uses Lightscribe?

blazin

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Was looking for a DVD-RW SATA drive and seen lightscribe drives are only a few more bucks. The concept seems cool but who actually uses it?

Pros/Cons?
 

Hate & Discontent

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Was looking for a DVD-RW SATA drive and seen lightscribe drives are only a few more bucks. The concept seems cool but who actually uses it?

Pros/Cons?

Ive got a Lightscribe SATA burner, a Samsung one. Lightscribe is cool, but it takes too damn long - up to 20 minutes for a regular text label. The discs are also more expensive. However, the fact that you dont have to use an adhesive label - potentially unbalancing the disc - is nice, and theres different colors of disc available now.
 

blazin

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Ive got a Lightscribe SATA burner, a Samsung one. Lightscribe is cool, but it takes too damn long - up to 20 minutes for a regular text label. The discs are also more expensive. However, the fact that you dont have to use an adhesive label - potentially unbalancing the disc - is nice, and theres different colors of disc available now.
Cool thanks. Ive noticed the disks are more expensive - best price I've found is 50pk CD-R for $19.99. DVD's are amost 75 cents a disc

I wouldnt use them all the time, just for doing backups for customers for a more professional look and to add my name and number on the disc.
 

Sinn Fein

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I bought a pair of LG DVD burners recently, one has Lightscribe. I have found CD's or DVD's with adhesive based labels make my laptop sound like a jet engine.

I like Lightscribe, Since I have a pair of drives, it's no biggie if labeling a disc takes 15 minutes or so.

I bought Lightscribe DVD and CD media, and will continue to do so. It works well for my needs.
 

squigy0

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HP 1040d here. Burning's freakin amazingly fast. LightScribe is freakin excrutiatingly slow, even deciding to fart out 10 mins into it producing a partially scribed disk. I just switch to sharpie when that happens.
 

Beeman99

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I have an LG one, never use it though for the Lightscribe, felt markers work just fine for me
 

martianvirus

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I have a dvd duplicator that also prints on the disk like a light scribe, but that cost over 1,000 dollars.
 

blazin

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I bought a pair of LG DVD burners recently, one has Lightscribe. I have found CD's or DVD's with adhesive based labels make my laptop sound like a jet engine.

I like Lightscribe, Since I have a pair of drives, it's no biggie if labeling a disc takes 15 minutes or so.

I bought Lightscribe DVD and CD media, and will continue to do so. It works well for my needs.
Yeah this will be my 2nd drive as well...good point.

Right now I have backups of discs that are all of the same design and even thought I sharpie marker them with their correct label it is still hard to browse thru a book of 100 CD's and find the one I need.

I think I'll make the jump and grab this, the drive is only $32.99 + free shipping from newegg.
 

burky79

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I have had the Lacie dual layer DVD with Lightscribe drive for about 2 years now.

It's shared with my Mac (OSX), Dell (XP) and eMachine (which I have XP on and am in the process of setting up a Linux variant on).

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Two things

1. The Lacie brand is amazing quality and runs fast as hell and works with every system I have.

2. I love the Lightscribe for 2 things... No adhesive label and good look.

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I do not use it for everyday DVD burning (b/c of the price of discs), but I do use it for backups and work related (pro looking quality) stuff.

I used to "backup" all my DVD's 1-1 on them and burn a scaned image of the DVD to them via Lighscribe.

that got too time consuming.

but I absolutely love the technology of it.

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A+ in my book.

but I can see it going the way of the betamax...

there is no "real" purpose for it other than a professional look.

buy a sharpie, for all intents and purposes.

kick ass toy for geeks tho.
 

mikepop

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I have one but havent scribed anything lately.
Off topic but for some reason it will not recognize blank cd's.
 

LZMF1

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my HP PC came with a lightscribe drive and i have yet to even bother using the label burning part. a sharpie works quite nicely for me.
 

burky79

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It recognizes blank DVD and blank dual layer DVD's but not blank CD's.
Weird.Ive tried different brands also.
very odd.

... ya got me on that one, i have no idea where to start that troubleshooting it

other than google it...

good luck bro. ;)

How is the litescribe quality compared to that of an inkjet or laser?
apples and oranges.

those you mentioned print with ink.

lightscribe is chemically "burned" on the disc.

so i dont know how to answer your question, other than to tell ya to google some images of both and compare for your self.

again... good luck :)