I have had good success with LG products for many years.
On the other hand, I have had bad luck with HP and Philips CD and DVD products.
So, where do I get off making such a sweeping statement?
For 3+ years I owned and operated a busy computer store. Unlike so many of the other "experts" that post messages, I dealt in hundreds of units â€“ not just two or three pieces.
LG was good, and usually at a good price. LiteOn was OK (and after all, you get what you pay for.) The HP drives had a 65% failure rate. The Philips drives had a 40% failure rate. Needless to say, I dropped those lines pretty quickly. Honoring the warranties got expensive.
Sony was a good drive, although at slightly more money. To us, NEC and BTC were component manufacturers (as in chips and bits) and BTC always made good video capture cards and support parts. I don't have any data on the drives because we never sold any.
This week I will be replacing my older and slower DVD writer, and LG will be my choice. If it doesn't workâ€¦ well, the company plant is only a few miles away on Matheson Blvd in Mississauga, and I'll knock on their door â€“ LOUDLY.
I hope to hear from other drive owners on their success rates.
I know the page tagline is "Knowledge is Power" but I believe that making noise about a bad product can get positive results.