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New BenQ, LG, Nec, Plextor, Pioneer and LiteOn (when)?

Postby Halc on Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:07 am

Any ideas as to when the following drives will hit retail (anywhere in the world):

- LGA GSA-4165B (or whatever is the 4163b successor)
- BenQ DW1640 (or whatever is the 1620pro/1625 successor)
- Nec ND3540 (or whatever is the 3520 successor)
- Pioneer Axx (or whatever is the A09XL successor)
- Plextor PX-xxx (or whatever is the PX-716A successor)
- LiteOn SOHW-1693S (or whatever is the SOHW-1673s successor)

I'm trying to time my drive purchases to coincide with the testing I do for an article I'm writing, which won't be out till late summer. Hence, I have to be able to buy the very latest drives for testing to have at least some relevance when the article comes out.

I'd appreciate all help on times/dates and possible sources to buy the equip (mail order, anywhere in the world that delivers to within EU, but EU sources are prefererred).

Cheers,
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Postby Ian on Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:43 am

As usual, Pioneer and Plextor have been tight lipped about their next drives. The rest of the drives, I've heard a little here and there.. some more than others. Here are my best guesstimates:

LG GSA-4165 - probably May.. at least here in the US
BenQ DW1640 - this month. I'm fairly certain of this.
NEC ND-3540 - late this month, but more likely May
Lite-On SOHW-1693S - May.. at least in the US

I'm hoping Lite-ON is working hard on the SOHW-1693S, considering the lack of updates for their other drives.
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Postby Halc on Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:12 pm

Thanks Ian!
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Postby Ian on Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:20 pm

Keep in mind those are my best guesses. If I'm wrong, don't get mad at me.. 8-[
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Postby MediumRare on Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:34 pm

Halc, the place I keep an eye on for new products (in addition to what Ian says :wink:) is Alternate. Their delivery dates are normally realistic (and they ship to Finland). Of the drives you mentioned, only the NEC ND-3540A is listed at present, delivery date: April.

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Postby Halc on Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:43 am

Thanks MediumRare. I'll try to keep on tabs on Alternate.

Anybody have advance info on Samsung and possible replacement for latest Samsung models (is 552U the latest shipping)?
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Postby MediumRare on Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:23 am

Here's some news: alternate now lists the BenQ DW-1640 (Lightscribe) as shipping within 48 hours. :D €79 retail. As mentiond elsewhere, the NEC 3540 is now listed as May.

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Postby Bhairav on Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:17 am

MediumRare wrote:Here's some news: alternate now lists the BenQ DW-1640 (Lightscribe) as shipping within 48 hours. :D €79 retail. As mentiond elsewhere, the NEC 3540 is now listed as May.

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Postby Ian on Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:41 am

The DW1625 has LightScribe.. the DW1640 doesn't. They're gonna have some pissed off customers.
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