That one has a power supply to plug in though, it's not bus powered. I like the bus powered for keeping things tidy I guess, and ease of storage if one doesn't use it regularly.
The speed thing is over rated IMO. I burn a lot of DVDs, 100s over the years, and even more CDs. Being able to burn that fast, and getting a successful burn are two different matters though. My 2 Pioneer internals go to 16x but I never burn past 4x or 8x for reliability. I've found that burning at max gives too many coasters on the 4 different pioneer drives I've burned through over the years. I use good name brand blanks too.
I guess if one was doing production burning all day or something it would be worth going 16x and getting a few coasters to save the 5 minutes longer it takes to burn 8x.
The Matshˇta in my iMac can never burn any disc max, I have always had to choose 4x. It doesn't have much use on it either, it's always been that way. The elderly couple I got the machine from didn't even own any blanks. I usually just take it to the old G4 with the reliable Pioneer drives.
Well iMacsoontobe, you should have enough ammo to make a decision as to what suits your needs.
Thanks much Reboot!!
I do have plenty of info now.
The one on Amazon does have some negative reviews, but I guess you'll have that. Not sure why the Apple one for Macbook Air and Mini's isn't compatible, cause I would probably buy that knowing Apple would back it up. For the the first four years of owning my first iMac, I bought only Apple branded DVD's, they were like$2.50 each I think. I may go the Bestbuy route, only for the easy return factor if it doesn't fly. One of the "negatives" with the self powered seems to be needing 2 USB ports instead of one? That was according to the reviews on Amazon.
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