Etching laser graphics into the spare space of a CD sounds like a good idea but according to Shoshana Berger at CNN it is not all its cracked up to be. According to CNN, the setup is difficult, (but perhaps not for people around here) and the results are somewhat disappointing. Apparently the graphics look like a faint hologram, and may require proprietary discs to look their best. CNN said this:
When I was told about a new external CD burner that lasers graphics right onto the disc surface, I thought it sounded too good to be true. Turns out it is. Yamaha claims to be the first to market with this DiscT@2 etching technology. (I kid you not, that’s how the company’s branding it. For those who can’t figure out how to pronounce the product’s name, that cheesy marketing image of a bare-shouldered hellcat getting her forearm inked should help.)…
With the burner came a box of 10 DiscT@2ing optimized CDs that are covered in white logos and lines — suggesting that Yamaha will be pushing proprietary discs rather than letting us use the so-rebated-they’re-free variety. I’m still keen on the etching concept, but since I missed out on the ’90s tattooing trend already, I think I’ll wait until the ink dries on this technology too.
I also thought the concept would be kind of cool, but if in practice it doesn’t work then I guess the Yamaha burner will have to stand on its other, more practical merits. You can read the entire article here, or discuss your experiences with the Yamaha DiscT@2 in our hardware forum.