My first Pioneer DVD burner was a 109 (in 2005). It burned 47 DVDs before it became a total coaster factory and read no faster than @4X (if that).
Now my 112D just died on me (still reads and writes CDs though) after only 51 DVDs burns.. :eek:
And no, they didn't come from the same shop.. And they haven't been installed in the same PC either (not a PSU issue).
Have I been unlucky, or are Pioneer drives this easy to kill?
I know many people out there still have a 108 alive and kicking, but how about the 109 and following models...?
As a reference, my burners longevity so far: (number of burns are for DVDs only, I don't keep trace of my CD burns).
Lite-On 18A1P (2006) 7 burns
Pioneer 109 (2005) 47 burns
Pioneer 112D (2007) 51 burns
Benq 1640 (2006) 76 burns, ! > killed by bad PSU < ! :sad:
Benq 1620 (2004) 237 burns
Burners still in use
Nec 3540A (2005) 212 burns
Nec 4550A (2005) 327 burns
Benq 1650 unit 1 (2006) 439 burns
Benq 1650 unit 2 (2007) 287 burns
Samsung S203B unit 1 (2007) 77 burns (I don't use it much as a DVD burner, it's been burning about ~200 CDRs though)
Samsung S203B unit 2 (2008) 8 burns (same comments as above)
Samsung S203P (2008) 12 burns (same comments as above)