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  1. Plextor PlexEasy PX-650US review

    Plextor PlexEasy PX-650US review

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    Burn and share disks or backup data from your tablet, phone and cameras without connecting to a PC

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    Microboards G3P-1000 review

    Microboards G3P-1000 review

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    In a band? Got a showreel? Here's how to duplicate discs on an industrial scale

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    LaCie Portable DVD±RW review

    LaCie Portable DVD±RW review

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    The convenient way to add a second optical drive and burner to your Mac set-up

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    Pioneer BDC-S02 BD-ROM Drive review

    Pioneer BDC-S02 BD-ROM Drive review

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    This is the first Blu-ray drive specifically for PC users that doesn't write to recordable BD media and, believe it or not, this is a significant milestone for Blu-ray. For the reasons highlighted above, an affordable Blu-ray option for PC users means we can finally watch some hi-definition movies on our screens.

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    Pioneer Blu-ray BDC-S02BK review

    Pioneer Blu-ray BDC-S02BK review

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    Wait for the formats to bed in. That’s often what the sceptics say about emerging technologies, but with Blu-ray on your PC they might just be right.

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    NEC AD-5170A review

    NEC AD-5170A review

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    At a claimed 20x speed, many modern drives appear to destroy the barriers put in front of them by physics. NEC's low-cost attempt, rated only at18x, certainly has a go, but falls marginally short of shattering any barriers

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    Pioneer DVR-112 review

    Pioneer DVR-112 review

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    Pioneer is carving a name for itself as a manufacturer of quality, sensibly priced drives. The recording speeds on offer here are an improvement over previous products, making DVR-112 an excellent upgrade choice.

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    Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher review

    Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher review

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    Available with either a DVD or Blu-ray drive, the SE Disc Publisher is an all-in-one, low-volume disc burner and printer that's a much more rounded product than its predecessor. An entry-level model with a 20-disc capacity, it packages together a Panasonic burner and Lexmark printer, complete with robotic arm for whipping blank discs between hoppers.

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    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

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    The Blu-ray vs HD DVD battle is a twisting turning leviathan that has just got a lot more slippery with the release of this drive - a non writable Blu-ray drive that's a lot more tempting an option thanks to its low price. You can burn DVDs from it as well, although increasingly this is becoming more and more niche an option as USB drives take over

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