Competition and Compatibility

 
 
By Robert Starrett  |  Posted 2003-01-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Competition and Compatibility

Despite DVD-RAMs early arrival to market and the advantage of 100,000 rewrites, it will probably end up in niche applications—network data backup, for example—not on the average users desktop.

Whether plus or dash is superior technologically is hard to say; manufacturers are constantly improving the speed and compatibility of their drives. But with Sonys combo drive priced just slightly higher than the current dash and RAM drives, other manufacturers will likely offer combo drives at similar prices soon.

Whether youll ultimately use dash or plus in recording depends on compatibility—will the recorded discs work with your DVD drive and your DVD player? If you can, try the burner before you buy. Most computer DVD drives and burners can read DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. Earlier DVD drives (those around four years old) may not be able to read every format. DVD-R and DVD+R discs will work in most current DVD players, but some players have trouble with the rewritable versions of these formats. For backup, however, you can use DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW with confidence.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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