Yes, that's why I call myself occasional burner. :bigsmile:
Hardware might last that time, especially if you don't use the drive heavily, but most manufacturers don't support a drive with firmware updates for a longer time than one year.
Then what's the consequence?
Does it imply it cannot recognize new discs?
Can it be remedied by relying on third-party firmware?
A riplock is just a speed limit for certain type of media. Sometimes such a riplock isn't that bad
As far as I know they lock the reaidng speed too which is bad.
Why do they slow my reading speed down?
Are 12x DVD-RAM drives already available?
Also, due to internal verification, 5x DVD-RAM will be written at 2,5x.
Yes. I have heard some news about that. Would like to know any drive which support more than 6x.
Yes, that's why I would like to have 12x (which is really 6x during wirtten).
The drive that will fulfill all your wishes isn't yet engineered, and won't be in future.
If you can afford it, I'd prefer a LG drive (or a Pioneer or NEC) for DVD-RAM and a Benq 165x for scanning and media that have to be bitset, but can't by the LG.
I prefer to get one only as I don't burn much.
So from what you say, the only reason of buying BenQ is its bitsetting feature, right?
What LG drive will you recommend?
I think I'll stick with burning +R(W) discs since they seems to be a bit better.