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01-29-2011 09:17 PM - edited 01-29-2011 10:07 PM
Alternatively, discs with red, green, blue, yellow, or orange colored background (instead of the usual goldish color) can be obtained. The results would be similar to what you get now except the background would be a different color. These disks are totally compatible with your present drive as far as I know. This would be a very cost-effective way to go if one does not absolutely need a full-color label.*
The Lightscribe website has links to the manufacturers here (as of 01-30-2011):
and you may find other information at their website:
interesting as well (in other words, go take a peek and look around :-)
* However, if you need a full-color solution, these same vendors usually offer disks coated for use in an inkjet printer equiped for printing on discs. For example, the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 or Artisan 50 will print on these coated discs. I saw a really nice H-P All-In-One at Staples that had a built-in tray for printing on discs but the HP website search engine refuses to divulge it's model number (or even that HP offers a printer that can print on discs - they're problem I guess).
Many had success with labels on CDs but I've heard (and experienced) many horror stories trying labels on DVDs (because of the rotational speed / balance issues maybe?). My experience was horrible which is why I went with a Lightscribe drive.
For the real professional (in other words selling discs for real money), there are printers that can print directly on non-coated discs similar to what one see when one purchases commercial discs (like movies and that sort of thing). Printers from Yurex/Systor, Primera and Autoprinter come to mind. The cost is significantly higher (as much as 10X) but business is all about appearance so one has to make that decision based on the importance of the appearance versus the their intended customers perception. Good luck! :-)