I'm so glad I found this thread while my blood is still boiling so I can vent a little and possibly save someone else from making the mistake I made only a week ago.
I am very frugal and I usually research a product ad nauseam before I make a purchase but just over a week ago I made the huge mistake of buying 200 Lightscribe DVDs for an upcoming event without ever trying the lightscribe process first. Yes, I knew that a quality, detailed disk would take about 21 minutes but I was willing to live with that for this particular customer. I only need about 50 final DVDs and I figured that I would probably make 2 or 3 coasters while trying to perfect my final design. The rest were purchased because I got a good price, (about $75 for 200, HP brand DVD+R).
Anyway, my first DVD was made using the software that Lightscribe offers for free on their website. It was the most recent version and I decided to use one of their templates just to see how a "good" disc should look before I tried my own designs. 21 minutes later my dvd tray opens and I'm all excited to see this wonderful new creation! What I got was a faded piece of crap that I could barely read! The contrast was TERRIBLE! The template was black and white, not grayscale, and it looked I was printing yellow ink on a yellow background with a grayscale printer. I tried a different template... same thing. I tried using Nero instead of the Lightscribe software... same thing. I tried using my own designs... same thing.
Finally, I turned to the internet to research my problem. It seems that in order to get the nice contrast that HP and Lightscribe both show on their websites, you have to re-burn the DVD to make it darker. I re-burned one 3 times and it still looks like crap and I would be embarrassed to sell it. If you want to actually burn a photo on the disc... forget it! A newspaper photo looks better than anything u burn on Lightscribe!
On a happier note, I researched the inkjet printers that will print on DVDs and just ordered the Epson R280 for $69.94 including shipping, direct from Epson. (Ironically, Titus just mentioned it a few posts above this one). I ordered it on friday at 11:15 am and at 9:08 pm that same day I was emailed a shipping confirmation with a FedEx tracking number that estimates the printer will arrive on Monday! That impresses me! My dad has used Epson printers for years and loves them. If this one does 20% of what it claims, I will be ecstatic! Now I just have to buy new discs now. Luckily the HP Lightscribe discs seem to burn data okay
Bottom line, Lightscribe is total crap and I can't believe there isn't more buzz out there about how bad it really is. A Christmas stencil and some Tempra paint would make a better label than Lightscribe!! Perhaps the Lightscribe process is being backed by the Freemasons and the New World Order! I guess the good news though is that if the "mark of the beast" is burned with Lightscribe we are all safe because no one will be able to read it!
Thank you POTN for letting me rant. I feel much better now. I hope this helps someone else avoid the same mistake.