Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Drives' started by dschultz, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. dschultz

    dschultz Member

    I will be replacing my POS Sony DRU710A and am interested in a burner with LightScribe. Anyone have any thoughts or preferances on any of these?
    You guys have been a great help so far!!! Thanks!
  2. jvc

    jvc Well-Known Member

    Some folks like them, I think. I, personally, don't care for the monochrome look of them. I like color! :) I've heard it takes awhile to burn the lightscribe image too.............
    I have an Epson "R" series inkjet printer, that prints directly on "printable" discs. They look awesome! Hard to tell them from the original disc. It takes about three minutes to print one out. You can usually get an Epson R220, for under $100. They do an excellent job on photos too. You can buy generic ink for the Epson, online, pretty cheap. When this printer dies, I'll get another Epson, that does the same thing!
    Good luck!
  3. Franchise

    Franchise Well-Known Member

    I have a Lightscribe burner and it's pretty neat, but like has been said, it takes about 19 minutes to burn a complete label if you're looking to image the whole disc. It takes a shorter time obviously if you're just doing the hub.
  4. locoeng

    locoeng Well-Known Member

    I agree with JVC...I have a lightscrive drive and an Epson R320 and much prefer the inkjet for quality and appearance. Admittadly I bought the drive for the novelty of LS, but after waiting 20-30 minutes (depending on the quality) for my disc image to be burnt and watching my Epson spit out 3-4 brilliant color copies in the mean time I rarely use the drive for this purpose anymore. Now I have around 40 blanks awaiting me to give LS another shot, but it won't be anytime soon.
  5. TerryLP

    TerryLP Member

    I also use the Epson R220 with printable disks. I download the DVD covers from and print them out. They look almost identical to the original DVDs. You can not get much better than this, especially for the cost. There seems to be several issues with the Lightscribes. In addition to the time that they take to scribe a disk, I have read that some people are having problems with lines through the pictures they scribe, thought this may be a software issue.
  6. dschultz

    dschultz Member

    Thanks for the input everyone! Guess I'll pass on the LightScribe.
  7. hiro1030

    hiro1030 Well-Known Member

    I use the Primera Bravo SE w/TYG02 Premium Line hub printable discs. I also use Lightscribe once in a while. Not too bad though.....




    Last edited: Jan 30, 2007
  8. edpam

    edpam Member

    I have been using a lg gsa e10l for about 5 moths with no great. bought mine at best buy, i think it is on sale this week.
  9. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Lightscribe is slow and the discs are a bit pricey. I prefer to use the Epson printer when I want a label.
  10. Smarty-pants

    Smarty-pants New Member

    How do you get those images into the lightscribe progam to burn them onto the dvds.

    Is there a place where you can just download the images of dvds to do this. Any "dedicated lightscribe forums" out there? I've tried scanning them on my scanner but it keeps cropping, or zooming out, or zooming in the images. Plus it seems you have to be a computer programmer to get them scaned, saved and imported to the lightscribe program. If I can't figure out an easier way to do this, then I'm gonna switch to printable discs.:(
  11. RAMROD

    RAMROD Well-Known Member

  12. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    Every time I try it the image is lite. Should I turn the contrast way up???
  13. rsrch

    rsrch Member

  14. rsrch

    rsrch Member

    I bought generic ink for my other Epson printer and now it prints very badly,I've
    cleaned and aligned the heads many x and no improvement.
    Where do you buy your ink?
    I heard the generics clog the heads ? I'm afraid to use anything other than oem on my Epson "R" series inkjet printer:(
  15. madmax

    madmax Member

    I buy my compatible ink from bigpockets or sometimes off ebay and have never had any problems with it..
    One of my dvd burners is lightscribe but i dont really use that feature now i have a EPSOM R300...
  16. jvc

    jvc Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Feb 10, 2007
  17. saugmon

    saugmon Active Member


    I do all labeling options except for paper/sticker labels and thermals. The epson sylus photo R series does a fine job. Now with the newer Full hub shiny inkjet printable and the full hub white glossy inkjet printables-covers will look even better.

    The shiny inkjet printable compares closely to LS. Lightscribe being regular hubs is the major drawback-less printed surface.

    My lightscribes were very fuzzy. I had to download Lightscribe ELCU to help enhance the image-which now takes over 30 mins to scribe a cover. I can print a disc in under 2 mins with my epson R-200.

    Another drawback of LS burners- Drives will wear out quicker.

    Beware of HP LS burners. Few firmware updates and mediocre drives. Stick with the Benq 1655,plextor,or Lacie.
  18. RAMROD

    RAMROD Well-Known Member

    Stay away from those paper labels, I learned the hard way,wish I knew of a easy way to remove them. I have a samsung lightscribe burner and i am very happy with it the disc are a little bit more expensive , I do set the lightscribe contrast up using lightscribe elcu which you and download from the lightscribe website. I also have the pioneer 110d dvd burner, I only use the samsung for labeling the disc, I use the pioneer for backing up the movie that way I don't over work my lightscribe and cut its life short. I don't lightscribe all the movies I backup only the ones that I really enjoyed watching. The others I put a label on using a DYMO letra tag and I place in a dvd/cd wallet, labeled movies I might watch again in 10yrs. This may seem silly but it makes me happy. :clap:

    If you know a easy way to remove those paper labels please let me know!
  19. Kipper

    Kipper Beta Tester