I am about to pick up a NEC 3500 from newegg.
Right now I have a MicroAdvantage rebranded BTC 1004. Money was tight back then, and it (barely) got me into the DVD recordable game.
In the old CD-R only days, LiteOn used to be the best, great writing, and it had Kprobe to double-check it. Now, apparently LiteOn hasn’t kept up in the DVD wars as far as quality goes.
I mostly do PS2 burns (backups), and I can’t do 4x with my current drive, 2x only or the PS2 most of the time won’t read the DVD-R. So what that means is right now burn quality is the PRIME consideration. Speed I don’t care, as long as it’s 2x or better. And the 3500 is supposed to be great at 8x on 8x media. And there’s hacked firmware for bitsetting, etc.
I have a LiteOn LTD-166s (dvd-rom) drive, which does Kprobe, but you here think the ROM drives aren’t reliable for scanning. Of course, the LiteOn DVD burners can, but I can’t afford to get TWO burners, or to quote someone else, “My wife will kick me in the junk if I get another burner!”
So will I miss Kprobe, or will the burns be good enough to where I won’t miss it?
ps - right now I’m using RITEKG04 media.