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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:27 am

Has anyone else tried Scratch-Less Disc's CD-R media? The company sent me some samples and they're pretty slick. Like most "scratchless" discs, these use a scratch proof polymer coating. What makes them stand out though is the bumps on the bottom. These "AERO-BUMPS" create a gap between the disc's recording surface and say the top of a desk or table.

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Here's a closeup of the bumps. Take note that they're two different sizes.

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The discs are also supposed to have an EZ-UP-EDGE that makes them easier to pick up. Honestly though, the edges don't look very different from normal CD-R discs.
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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:28 am

Oh yeah.. these discs seem to be manufactured by CMC.

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:52 am

I've got one too... I gotta admit, the whole bumps on the CD-R really seem to work. It's been bumping around my desk for a couple weeks, with no particular effort made to keep it unscathed, and it's duing remarkably well.... far better then any HARDEND coat media I've done the same too :wink:
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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:04 am

Yeah, I think I'm going to pick some of these up for work. For whatever reason, I seem to destroy my OS install discs.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:56 am

Ian wrote:Yeah, I think I'm going to pick some of these up for work. For whatever reason, I seem to destroy my OS install discs.


Where can you buy them? I haven't seen them for sale anywhere yet. Also, I'd recommend doing an article on them if you're up to it. I think they're worth it (especially since before I aquired the disc I thought it was a stupid idea, and now see I'm wrong!).
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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:18 am

i wonder how these 'bumps' affect the disc balance, and long-term tolerance to high-speed reading (stessing the material).
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:41 am

dodecahedron wrote:i wonder how these 'bumps' affect the disc balance, and long-term tolerance to high-speed reading (stessing the material).


Well, I wouldn't recommend burning them at full speed, or expecting them to playback properly at full speed. 32x maximum I'd think.
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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:48 am

we need more 'exploding CDR' experiments. :lol:
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Postby bill on Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:38 am

That's a clever design! Having been guilty of disk abuse in the past I can see the value even at a dollar per disk.

I was suspicious of how they would work in a slot loading player but according to their web site it's only been a problem with a few players. Link


What do you guys think of the polymer coating? Do you think the polymer could break down over time causing read errors?


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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:17 am

Dolph, Amazon and Tigerdirect carry them as well. Amazon seems to be the cheaper of the two.

dodecahedron wrote:i wonder how these 'bumps' affect the disc balance, and long-term tolerance to high-speed reading (stessing the material).


It sounds like they've really tried to balance them. That's part of the reason why they're using two different sized bumps. This is a good page:

http://www.scratchlessdisc.com/aero.html
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:25 am

Well, it seems like they've put both a lot of thought and effort into the whole idea.

You know, this pricing isn't too different from lightscribe... but for some reason I find it more justified. Maybe since I know the process is probably much more difficult, or maybe because I think the discs have more value? Either way, I'm always happy when a company seems to actually THINK before they decide to DO.
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Postby Justin42 on Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:03 pm

I have to agree, these look really neat. They're put a lot of engineering into it (or clever marketing that looks like engineering ;) ) and it kind of makes you wonder why no one thought of something like this before.

I just wish they weren't CMC discs. I mean, what's the point of having an indestructable disc if the media itself isn't absolutely top-notch? (Or has CMC CD-R media greatly improved in the last few years? I swore off them ever since a 100-pack spindle of Imation branded CMC CDRs yielded about 85 coasters... :x )

If there were TY discs, I'd buy a couple packs in a heartbeat to try them out. I hope they start making DVDs like this..
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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:06 pm

CMC media is alright. I just won't use it for long term storage.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:07 pm

Ian wrote:CMC media is alright. I just won't use it for long term storage.


And now your comment about OS install discs makes perfect sense... since when has a PC based OS had any long term value :lol:
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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:52 pm

Yeah, especially when you slipstream in patches and service packs.
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Postby pranav81 on Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:44 am

Looks cool.But dont you think it's a bit pricey?


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