This is not the first time I’ve written about CD/DVD duplicators. It is an important product category for me as we’ve been producing CDs and DVDs in-house for nearly a decade now. Our first machine would frequently cause problems and I went looking for a better solution in 2008.
That search led me to the original Epson Discproducer PP-100 and it has been a workhorse for us. I’m guessing it produced more than 20,000 discs in the past five and a half years. In all that time, it just worked! A couple of weeks ago we had our first issue and our machine was sent in for repair.
When the repair center called and said the machine was pretty dusty, I just laughed. A lot of dust does build up over five years. That’s exactly why I did the Cave Creek Geek video about removing the dust from your computer. On our disc duplicator, it isn’t as easy to open up and clean. As part of the repair, they will be cleaning it out and replacing the dust filters. They also mentioned the firmware was outdated. Again, no surprise given the age and the fact that we are not able to update the firmware.
Why do I tell you that our machine needed repairs? I hope you notice the part about how well it worked for such a long period of time! It is an absolutely amazing machine that has been a very valuable part of our business. It is not a machine for everyone, though it is perfect for an organization that needs to duplicate and print on a good number of discs every year. It can do batches of 100 discs completely unattended. It takes maybe five minutes to set up a batch and then you just walk away.
A newer version has been released since our original purchase and it includes updated components as well as a faster data connection via USB 3.0. The Epson Discproducer PP-100II is not inexpensive (currently $2695 at Amazon), though it is priced very competitively compared to other products in the category. Inside are two DVD-ROM drives for burning discs and a six-color Epson inkjet printer for printing the disc labels. The speed of duplicating/printing is somewhat dependent on the amount of data to be burned on discs though it can be as fast as 30 discs per hour. More reasonably it is about 15 discs per hour with a completely full DVD slowing down the process to about 8 discs per hour.
If you want to bring the production of CDs or DVDs in-house, I highly recommend the Epson Discproducer PP-100II! It is easy to connect, easy to use and just cranks out discs all day and all night.