LaCie Dupli Disc DVD125 5-Disc DVD Duplicator Review

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LaCie has joined the fray of multi-disc duplicator manufacturers with their Dupli Disc DVD125 DVD duplicator. We tested the 5-disc model, which has a strikingly different appearance than a number of its counterparts with its black case and black-bezel drives (in contrast to the usual white drives and cases in most duplicators).

Out of the Box

The LaCie Dupli Disc DVD125 was heavier than we expected it to be, tipping the scales at 30 pounds. Carefully cutting the tape on the carton, we were greeted by a bag of six power cords, making this a box that can be sold in a number of countries worldwide without any repackaging. (Thankfully, a sticker covers the power input, with a big red arrow pointing to the voltage selector switch, which will slow down most people, but our unit was switched to 115V.) A multi-language quick guide sheet, 5 blank CDs in envelopes and a user manual on CD-ROM rounds out the package.

The duplicator includes the usual menu-driven controller that we've also seen in duplicators by Vinpower and Disc Makers (among other manufacturers) with up and down, enter and escape keys on a microwave oven-style touchpad. It's easy enough to use, but isn't as polished as it could be. It's important to point out that this is a common limitation of most of the currently-available duplicators, however.

Our duplicator shipped with a Lite-On SOHD-167T source drive and five NEC ND-3540A burners, which can burn both dual-layer DVD+R and DVD-R discs. As just-in-time manufacturing is the name of the game, it's entirely likely that if you bought this duplicator, you'd get completely different drives, but those were the drives that we got. However, it's unclear as to whether dual-layer DVD-R burning is supported from reading the spec sheets (unfortunately, we have yet to see any dual-layer DVD-R media, either).

The Dupli Disc DVD125 only burns directly to disc, without a hard drive. This means, unfortunately, that this duplicator is not as well-suited for making one-offs from a small library of images.

The rear of the duplicator includes a standard-looking power supply and two extra ventilation fans. If you were duplicating discs all day, the unit would certainly warm up, so the extra fans seem to be a good addition to the chassis.

Trial by Burn

We tested the duplicator by copying a DVD+R that we created over the course of one of our workshops. We simply turned on the duplicator and loaded the source disc and the five target discs into the duplicator (we had a pile of Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R, but the NEC drives would be able to burn up to 8x). One touch of the enter key started the copy. A progress indicator showed the percentage done, the number of megabytes remaining and an estimate of the time remaining for the job. When it's done burning, the device emits a beep and all of the target drives open. It's just that simple.

If you're paranoid (er, cautious), you can enable verification on your burn to make sure it happened correctly. We don't see this as being a problem, though, since the processor in the unit is devoted solely to handling disc copy operations. There's nothing running in the background, and it's unlikely the duplicator is going to get any viruses (since the firmware is in ROM). Not only that, you don't have to stop what you're doing on your computer in order to burn discs.

Outstandingly Goodly

Just as we expected, the LaCie Dupli Disc DVD125 duplicator worked as advertised, doing everything we expected it to do with flair. We had no problems with the duplicator at all. It's got a lot going for it–it's pretty easy to use, it's powerful, and it's fast. At $899, it's priced competitively, too.

TECH SPECS

Write Formats: CD-R (W), DVD-R (W), DVD+R (W)
Maximum Read/Write Speed: 32X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-/+R, 4X DVD-/+RW. 2.4X DVD+R DL
Hard Drive: No
Included Software: User's Manual on CD-ROM

STRENGTHS

  • Very fast
  • Diversity of supported disc formats

WEAKNESSES

  • Menu system not particularly polished
  • No hard drive

SUMMARY

A fast performer that works great for short disc production runs.

$899
LaCie
22985 NW Evergreen Pkwy
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 844-4500
www.lacie.com

Charles Fulton is Videomaker's Associate Editor.

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