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PC Advisor readers backing DVD+RW

Latest rewritable drives and players arrive

A new phase in the battle for your rewritable wallets has begun and PC Advisor’s readers reckon they know who’s going to come out on top.

Three standards — DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM — are set to duke it out to become DVD-rewritable top dog.

DVD+RW is way out in front, according to the majority of respondents to a recent PCAdvisor.co.uk poll. Nearly half of all respondents (47.8 percent) reckon the format, whose primary sponsors include Hewlett Packard, Philips, Ricoh, Sony and Yamaha, will emerge victorious.

DVD-RW, which is backed by Pioneer and Sharp and is primarily found in entertainment players, is still in with a shout, attracting a third of your votes (33.3 percent).

The much older DVD-RAM format is likely to struggle with only one in 10 giving it their backing (10.8 percent). The granddaddy of the rewritable DVD world, DVD-RAM's uptake is hampered by its incompatibilities with the current installed base of consumer playback devices such as DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives.

DVD+RW is inevitably benefitting from being the new kid on the block. Entertainment players based on its technology have just arrived in the shops in the form of the £1,300 (inc VAT) Philips DVDR1000.

PC drives based on the same technology are also imminent. HP's £549 (inc VAT) dvd100i should be out in November, allowing home and business users to create rewritable DVDs and CDs.

If you want to know more about rewritable DVD, check out our special report.

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