Hi, I'm looking to replace my archaic 2x HP CD Writer. Price is a very important issue. I'm going to be getting an internal IDE drive and, other than price, the most important thing is that the drive function with programs such as cdrwin and clonecd. It would also be nice if it overburned. Anyway, the companies im looking at right now (I can get drives that are at least 8x from all of these for under 200$ canadian) are:
Aopen, HP, LG (these are by far the cheapest), NEC, Panasonic, Sony, Yamaha
If you need model numbers for the advice, I can get them for you (all of the drives are either 8x, 12x, or 16x write). The one im leading towards right now is the YAMAHA CRW2100E 16X/10X/40X INTERNAL IDE CD-RW. It's 189$ canadian, which is the same price as the 12x HP one the store (a-power.com) has.
Does anybody know about the features/reliability of the yamaha? How about the ones made by the other companies listed. (I checked cdmediaworld.com's list, but it's pretty outdated.)
Thanks in advance.
P.S. I've heard that plextor is the best, but the plextor drive costs almost twice as much, which is out of my price range.