LightScribe is a hardware / software / media solution for creating custom labels for the important DVDs or CDs which you create.
A variety of internal and external drives support LightScribe. LightScribe support is included on my HP DV9700T Laptop.
You don't necessarily want to create custom labels for all of the disks you create, because:
1) The custom media is two to three times more expensive, and
2) It is much faster to just use a Sharpie.
However, for gifts and other occasions, a custom label makes it more special.
You can get free template software on the web which let's you quickly create designs with images and text. On most DVD writers you will need to manually turn the disk over so that the image can be burnt with the laser. On my laptop, a disk with images usually takes 15 to 18 minutes to process. The images are typically readable, but definitely not high definition.
There are different color LightScribe media, but to the best of my knowledge all of the disks are monochromatic. In other words, although the disks have different background colors, images and text are represented in grayscale.
For those situations when you want a custom label, LightScribe DVDs or CDs are a good way to go.
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