My BDR-S099 (2nd unit) is getting long in the tooth and having more and more failures with MediaRange BD-R DL 50GB printable (CMCMAGDI6). My BDR-XS06JIL and SE-506CB are not any better.
I still back up to BD-R DL 50GB, mainly to save space. 25GB discs would require double the storage space.
Does anybody know of any recent, new or upcoming BD-R burners that are worth buying for BD-R DL burning?
Drive can be internal or external, full 5.25" or slim type.
It looks like most manufacturers have exited the business.
Any news from Pioneer about a BDR-209/09 successor - or has Pioneer also thrown in the towel?
I have found some odd units, which I don't know the quality for, so if anybody knows how these units perform, or what the drive inside is, please chime in:
Asus SBW-S1 PRO external USB (comes with a sound card, very expensive)
Asus BW-16D1X-U USB 3.0 external
IoData BRP-UT6ALK USB external (released in 2016?)
IoData BRD-S16PX internal
And if anybody knows, in case some of the above are rebadged drives (like LG or Pioneer), do they come with their own firmware (with different burning strategies) and can they be cross-flashed?
I'm not just trying to find a novel new drive, but to find a drive that gives me reliable burning for another 2-4 years (hopefully).
Thanks for any insights!