Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 comparison

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Price $428 at 1 store $306 at 1 store $155 to $159 at 2 stores $48 at 1 store $33 to $36 at 2 stores
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
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Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.0 stars out of 4 reviews 1.5 stars out of 1 review 0.5 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date July 19, 2006 August 08, 2007 June 22, 2012 May 11, 2009 November 24, 2011
The Bottom Line Although it's pricey, the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 is a boon for anyone who has lots of old videotapes but less time or tech skills to digitize them using a computer. Even better, it doubles as an external DVD burner, so you can use it with your PC long after you've transferred all those old tapes.

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Device Type DVD±RW (±R DL) drive
DVD±RW (+R DL) drive
BDXL drive
DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive
DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive
Storage Controller Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
None
OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Info unavailable Info unavailable Microsoft Windows XP
Info unavailable
Disc Labeling Technology Info unavailable Info unavailable LightScribe Technology
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Microsoft Certification Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Compatible with Windows 7
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Info unavailable SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Hi-Speed USB
Hi-Speed USB
Product Description Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 - DVD±RW (±R DL) drive - Hi-Speed USB
Sony DVDirect VRD-MC5 - DVD±RW (+R DL) drive
Vinpower VINEXT3BDXLBNR - BDXL drive - SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Toshiba External USB 2.0 DVD Super Multi Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Hi-Speed USB
Samsung SE-208AB - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Hi-Speed USB
Supported Flash Memory Memory Stick Duo
xD-Picture Card
SD Memory Card
Memory Stick
CompactFlash Card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
xD-Picture Card
Memory Stick PRO
SDHC Memory Card
CompactFlash Card
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Dimensions (WxDxH) Info unavailable 7.6 in x 8.8 in x 2.6 in
9.5 in x 6.5 in x 1.9 in
5.5 in x 6.2 in x 0.7 in
5.7 in x 5.7 in x 0.8 in
Enclosure Color Info unavailable Info unavailable Black
Info unavailable Black
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Info unavailable 40x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL) / 2x (BD-RE TL)
24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL)
Info unavailable 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) / 14x (BD-R) / 12x (BD-R DL) / 6x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R QL)
24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-R) / 8x (DVD+R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)
24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)
Buffer Underrun Protection Info unavailable Info unavailable Yes
Info unavailable Yes
Read Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Info unavailable 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 12x (BD)
24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Type None
None
None
None
None
Type DVD±RW (±R DL)
DVD±RW (+R DL)
BDXL
DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
Weight Info unavailable 3.3 lbs
3.4 lbs
13 oz
10.6 oz
Manufacturer Warranty Info unavailable 1 year warranty
Info unavailable 1 year warranty
Info unavailable
Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
Storage Removable (2nd) None
None
Info unavailable None
Info unavailable
Enclosure Type External
External
External
External
External
Type None
None
None
None
None
Video Output Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
Info unavailable
Video Recording MPEG-2
MPEG-2
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
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