rdgrimes wrote:If you're abusing your CDR's to the extent that you need some sort of "protection" on the back, the printable coating won't help you a bit. Likewise, a label is not a great idea on a disc that's spinning at 11000 RPM.
The best advantage to the printable coating is that you can write on it with a pencil or pen.
You think? OK, but that's not my experience. I've run tests on coasters, and found that printable CDRs will take quite hard bashings with screwdrivers etc which destroy "silvers". That coating does give you a little extra protection, although I acknowledge that the real answer is not to mistreat the discs in the first place. But an area where discs get a real bashing -- in the car (rattling around in the glovebox, ahem) -- is an area where I find I'm replacing printable discs far less often than unbrandeds.