I just bought a CD burner with Lightscribe which I know is an HP technology. So, question (hopefully you can answer it), can I lightscribe a regular CD-R or does it have to be a specific lightscribe cd?
I actually have the original (first) LS CD ever burned at work. We laminated thermal fax paper to a CD to prove the concept.
LS was developed for people who wanted professional and permanent results over injkjet labelling. So it'* not really a 'gimmick'. It works, it'* permanent, and it'* alot more affordable now than when it was released. Many companies have been licensed to use the technology. This drives the costs down, and makes it a bit more 'mainstream'.
Is it for everyone? No. But there are times you'll want to use it.
Heck yeah. I have one on my desktop...gotta get one for my laptop. I have about 3 spindles of different LS media. I've made SO many cool looking CDs with it. It makes them look so organized, you don't have to worry about durability, etc. Excellent technology.