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Vinpower’s line of Pro Duplicator Optical Disc Drives (ODD) are readily available Globally!

ODD available globally

Now that fewer personal computers come standard with optical disc drives (ODD), there are fewer and fewer manufacturers producing them. The ODD manufacturers that remain are putting less resources into maintaining the drives and are actively trying to cost down on the components used to build those drives. These factors inevitably lead to lower quality drives with a shorter life span. That’s why Vinpower has worked diligently over the years to provide our own lines of professional series Half Height Optical Disc Drives, featuring the Plextor, Optiarc, and Piodata series. Each of these drives were developed to have greater compatibility, reliability, and longevity, compared to the standard off the shelf ODD’s currently on the market. These drives are perfect for building your own duplicators, replacing drives on older systems, such as manual towers, autoloaders, and publishing systems, regardless of the manufacturer, and for use with computers and high scale servers.

Now that you know these drives exist and would be the perfect solution for your needs, the next question is inevitably where can I find them to purchase? Fortunately, these drives are readily available in most countries around the world. They are available in North and South America, throughout Europe and Asia, including Australia. The drives are also readily available through Amazon in the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK, which in addition to Vinpower’s distributors & resellers can service customers in nearly every country.

Don’t settle for subpar drives that may look cheaper, but end up costing you far more money in the long run due to shorter lifespan and inconsistencies in the burn quality, which create numerous bad burns. Instead, you can easily and quickly order any one of Vinpower’s professional line of ODD to ensure the job will get done right the first time without downtime for a defective or overheated drive.

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower will be launching the new line of Piodata USB Flash Drives Globally

pio flash

Vinpower will be introducing a new line of USB flash drives under the Piodata brand. This offering is in response to the many many requests we’ve received to provide flash drives due to the constant issues with defective or fake flash drives that have flooded the marketplace. When looking for flash drives, there are 3 key aspects to keep in mind:

1) Quality – Will the drive be recognized and will it properly store the content without the fear of losing the data due to poor quality flash chips and controller
2) Accuracy – Is the drive truly what it states that it is? Is the size of the memory or the read and write transfer speed accurate?
3) Price – Are you really getting a good deal or will the cost of the defective drives eat up any potential savings

When it comes to quality, Vinpower personally tests every flash drive through our own proprietary flash verification hardware. These systems will ensure the quality and reliability of each flash drive, which gives the customer confidence that if they purchase 100, 1000, 10,000, … flash drives, they will work and the content will not be compromised.

Vinpower would never offer a flash drive which is marked as a certain size, but in reality can only hold a much smaller volume of content. When Vinpower validates a flash drive as being a certain size, you can rest assured that the drive meets the specifications to qualify. Accuracy ensures reliability, which provides stability, which ensures that each flash drive will meet the high standard Vinpower has set for this project.

Typically, when people hear quality, they think that’s synonymous with expensive. Vinpower has and continues to be a leader in matching quality and affordability. This happens two ways:

1) Vinpower will maintain factory direct volume pricing that allows us to save on every order
2) Even when you are able to find a less expensive version, in order to increase their profit margins, many of these low quality low cost suppliers will purchase flash drives that have a consistent error rate, and that will be there profit margin by mixing defective elements with more reliable parts and/or products. So if you constantly run into trash flash drives, those costs in terms of both time and money will become a liability and ultimately cost you more than if you just bought a quality guaranteed flash drive.

Think about if you are copying 10 ~ 15 flash drives at a time, then every run you potentially have 1 defective drive. That could both cause you to waste time and resources constantly restarting the duplication job. Additionally you have potentially at least 1 dead drive you end up throwing away due to inferior parts after every duplication run which again ramps up your actual costs vs. your perceived costs.

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Using Vinpower optical disc drives (ODD) and optical disc media will prevent the dreaded “Donut” rings on your duplicated media.

good vs bad drive and disc

You may have a different term for it, but when you copy a disc and you see intermittent light and dark rings on the burning side of the discs, (“Donut Rings”), that is a clear indication that you are having compatibility issues between your drive and your media. High quality duplication should leave the recordable side of a disc smooth and seamless for the most part. So when you can clearly see light and dark rings, what we refer to as Donut Rings, then that means the drive’s laser would burn harder/more intense and lighter/less intense due to constant stopping and starting, due to problems between the writers and the media. You could lower the burn speed to try and compensate for these issues, but that may not fully resolve the Donut Rings and will greatly increase your duplication time.

The Donut Ring is often attributable to the low compatibility between the media and the burner. Since the media and drive manufacturers do not work together to fine tune each item to prevent these issues, there’s not much you can do when you encounter these problems. That’s where Vinpower Digital can help. As the only duplication hardware supplier that provides our own proprietary Optical Disc Drives (ODD) and Optical Disc media (CD, DVD, & Blu-ray), we fine tune both the media and our drives to have the best compatibility to prevent the dreaded Donut Rings and provide the best quality burns.

So if you want to prevent Donut Rings and not waste time burning at a snails pace, you should use Vinpower’s drives and media together to ensure the best duplication results!

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower has developed a true POWER WHITE inkjet printable media for the ultimate in print quality.

power white media

The standard inkjet printable media has been around for a long time, so people have just become accustomed to accepting that the inkjet printable surface is really off-white rather than a true white. So even though the color may look fine and the white content seems white, it’s really not as clean and bright as it could be. That’s why Vinpower created our line of Power White inkjet media to give a true bright white that helps your printed content really pop and look the best it possibly can look. So don’t settle for close enough when perfection is within reach. Check out the true difference that Vinpower’s Power White can make.

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Your DIY suggestions for those failed discs you get when you DON’T buy from Vinpower Digital

DIY discs

We’ve all done it, tried to save a few bucks and bought a cheap alternative only to find out that it didn’t work or didn’t work for long. Then you end up throwing good money after bad to buy the product you should have bought the first time. That’s the same in the world of optical discs. You may think you’re getting a deal by saving a fraction of a penny buying media made in a 2nd or 3rd tier market, versus Vinpower’s line of Optodisc media made in the 1st tier Taiwan factories. In reality, the failure rate on those “cheap” discs will cause you to throw your potential savings in the trash and risk your customer’s constantly complaining about the bad quality.

So you went against your better judgement and bought the lower grade media, but then you learned your lesson and came back to the consistent quality and reliability Vinpower has built its reputation on. So the question lingers, what do you do with all those unused discs you ordered from those NON-Vinpower suppliers?

Vinpower has the perfect suggestion for you, mosaic arts and crafts. It’s simple to do. Just use any household scissors to cut up those bad discs and then glue the pieces (reflective side up) onto a table, flower pot, holiday ornaments, or any number of household items and voila, you have transformed that dull item into beautiful artwork. Not only will you find a way to recoup your money from those failed discs by selling your beautiful artwork online, but it will be therapeutic so that you can also calm your nerves from the frustration of wasting your money and not ordering from Vinpower to begin with.

Of course you can save yourself the hassle, expense, and wasted time by just skipping the low grade media hassle and buying direct from Vinpower from the start. That will mean you’ll have to find your artistic outlet somewhere else, but at least it won’t be at the expense of your bottom line.

For more details on Vinpower’s line of media or any of the duplication products and accessories we carry, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

When you’re deciding what product to buy, it’s the SERVICE provided that can make all the difference

customer service

If you buy a nonperishable product, especially a mechanical item, there’s often a warranty that comes with that purchase. The warranty is supposed to give us a sense of security that the product will function properly at least a certain period of time or else that item can be repaired or replaced at little to no cost to you. But what happens if the company or person offering the warranty either doesn’t have the capability or doesn’t have the empathy to provide the service that you relied upon when you purchased the item. It’s those incidents when you realize the true value of service and those that truly put the effort into the production of the product and can stand behind the product and fully support the item should there be any issues later.

Service is what separates Vinpower from other manufacturers and suppliers, because we have the knowledge and know how to provide reliable products and the capability to support them should there be any issues in the future. Take Vinpower’s line of optical disc drives (ODD), such as Optiarc, Plextor, or Piodata for instance. There are fewer and fewer companies offering ODD’s and those that do no longer have the financial incentive to provide the support needed that was prevalent in the height of the ODD market. So the current manufacturers simply provide minimal testing and even less trouble shooting to identify and resolve issues that customers, especially those in the production intensive duplication market. That’s where Vinpower shines. Not only does Vinpower provide enhanced duplication FW and hardware modifications, but we also have the ability to modify the ODD’s to best meet the needs of the customer and the media they are using.

So when someone says they don’t want to pay extra for service, they’ll soon learn how much extra that savings will cost them. They key is that Vinpower offers the service at a price comparable and sometimes less than those offering no service, so what’s the reason not to go with the support and reliability of a company that stands behind its products, can’t think of one.

For more details about the Vinpower line of ODD’s or any of the products Vinpower carries, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

The most priceless possessions you own are your memories, the best way to protect them is on optical discs

Discs save memory

Seeing the devastation taking place in Houston, TX and the surrounding area, it makes everyone realize the how quickly our lives can be turned upside down. When I think about the massive flooding and the potential for even greater disaster if the rains persist, I can’t help but think how terrifying it must be for those inhabitants that are stuck in the midst of the chaos and even those fortunate enough to have escaped, but realizing their lives will forever be altered. In these times of upheaval and peril the first instinct is survival. But then once the danger subsides and the waters recede, the next thought is how you put your life back together. That’s when you assess what you have and what you lost and hopefully it’s only possessions, because those can be replaced.

However, there are items that if lost can often never be replaced and typically those are the photographs, videos, and mementos that represent a person’s life and the lives of those they care about. If those items are merely kept as standard pictures, film, or even stored on a hard drive, natural elements like water and mud can completely destroy them. However, optical discs are more durable and can withstand being submerged in water or covered in mud. So if you are able to convert those previous images and content onto optical discs, there’s a greater chance they will still endure the disaster and you can retain those treasures that would have been irreplaceable otherwise. Just like you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket, it’s always wise to keep the most important content on multiple sources, possibly in the cloud and on 1 or more hard drives, but I would strongly suggest that at least one of your safety nets remain optical discs.

Most of us may never experience anything like the destruction that’s taking place now in Houston or has happened in many other locations around the world, but there are still small isolated incidents like a house fire, burglary, computer virus, or any number of incidents that could cause you to lose mementos and content that you could never replace unless you have adequate back-ups. So take the time to safeguard your treasures and back them up on optical discs.

For those of you that feel the heartache and want to help those afflicted and displaced by the flooding in Texas, here’s a link to the Red Cross relief effort for the residents of Houston.(make the words red cross the hyper link to this website: https://www.redcross.org/)

The optical disc tray mechanism is a critical factor to the longevity of all Optical Disc Drives

drive tray

When most people think about the most critical part of an Optical Disc Drive (ODD), they typically think of the lazer diode that reads the discs. Of course that is a critical element and without it the drive cannot function. However, there is another critical element that is often overlooked and not given much consideration, the disc tray mechanism. That includes not just the tray itself, but also the gears, pulleys, and sliding mechanisms that allow it to extend and recoil smoothly and consistently.

Often, because it’s not seen as critical as other components, because production drives are designed for single drive PC use, many manufactures don’t put much thought behind how to enhance it. The problem is that while a typical computer owner with an internal disc recorder drive may open and close the drive infrequently, a duplication equipment user will depend on those drives opening and closing potentially hundreds or even thousands times a day.

That’s why Vinpower’s line of duplication focused ODD’s ensure the drive tray is suitable for the real world duplication environment. Vinpower’s PLUS and ROBOT PLUS drives are enhanced to allow thousands of in and out operation without failure. We physically modify each drive to handle the rigors of the duplication environment, especially for robotic autoloader duplicators.

Autoloaders require extended trays with more give and flexibility while continuously offering consistent tray extension. Since Vinpower produces its own line of autoloaders, we are uniquely qualified to understand the complications and the abuse these drive trays endure day in and day out, so we are most qualified to design a drive tray mechanism to function under these specific conditions.

So if you are a duplicator or manufacture duplication equipment, be it manual towers or robotic autoloaders, contact Vinpower through our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or through a member of our sales and support staff to get more details about which of our many ODD’s would be the right fit for you.

Where will your flash media come from and can you trust it?

Flash - who can you trust

Have you tried to purchase flash memory recently? You may have found that the high end flash is harder and harder to come by. The primary reason is that Apple is the largest consumer of the latest 3D Nand flash, leaving less and less for everyone else. As more people demand newer and faster Apple iPhones, iPads, and laptops, means that Apple, who eats first when it comes to flash production, takes the lion’s share of the top quality flash on the market. 3D NAND makes up half of all flash memory production for total flash media and 3D NAND flash availability will remain tight as Apple devours more of it for their iPhone production.

What does that mean? It means that many of the USB and SD flash drives on the market today are forced to use either substandard flash memory or outright downgraded defective flash to fulfill orders and keep up with demand. Since it’s very difficult to identify what brand, type, and grade of flash are used in each flash device, manufactures are playing fast and loose with their production for the consumers. That leaves us with two choices: expensive 1st tier flash in limited quantities or take your chances with low cost unregulated, inconsistent 2nd and 3rd tier flash that’s flooding the market and causing more and more aggravation and headaches for suppliers and users alike.

Vinpower is changing that outlook by working with both flash manufacturers and suppliers as well as flash controller chip manufacturers to offer high grade flash media for a low cost. We are able to mitigate the problem flash by using our flash hardware that can identify and weed out the low grade or inconsistent flash so those are not passed on to our customers. Through close relations and onsite product testing and evaluation, Vinpower can navigate the tricky flash market and support even the most discerning clientele with pricing that will entice everyone.

For more details about Vinpower’s offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

How will we receive and store content 10 years from now?

Vin Poll

Technology moved at what we would think to be a snail’s pace until the early 1900’s when there was an explosion of innovation. From electricity to cars to air travel, each decade looked to eclipse the one before in terms of innovation and technology. Since 2000, it seems like the innovations are moving even faster, but more focused on how we can compute, store, and transmit data and content easier, faster, and from anywhere. Today, depending on where you live and your economic status, most of us store and receive our content from 3 primary means:

1) Physical media: We will store and watch content through optical discs, flash, and/or hard drives

2) Cloud/Streaming: Through an online provider or App that will store or provide content through a digital medium from large server farms

3) Paper: Written content contained in books, journals, ledgers, etc.

In each of these cases, there was a period when they didn’t exist and someone had the foresight to invent them, while others took those inventions, improved upon them or offered new ways in which to enjoy them. So when you think about how will you enjoy movies or where will you store your pictures and videos 10 years from now, what comes to mind?