I have a new laptop - I was interested in the BenQ1620 and found one for $73 plus shipping in a Bytcc 340 enclosure USB 2.0. CoolerExpress says it is an OEM drive. It comes with Nero 6.3 they said.
I want to upgrade it to a Pro, IF that means I'll have the better firmware that you folks refer to in the review, where the drive worked great all around. I haven't been able to find the thread where someone explained the difference between the OEM and Pro.
I also spoke with Bytcc technical support guy and he said I'd have to take the drive out of the case and flash it in another computer - a desk top.
We have an older one here in the house, Pentium II 400Mhz with 400 MB RAM and a 10GB hard drive, already connected to AOL. Is that computer capable enough to flash the drive?
Do I need to do all this or is the OEM firmware the better kind now? I read a thread somewhere that OEM's now ship with the latest firmware. But I don't know how much stock he has sitting there. CoolerExpress says they sell a lot of these.
Can anyone give me some info on the threads and/or info I am asking about?
Also, CompUSA has a sale on of the 16x Memorex external and I read the review you folks referenced - that it works but not as well as the BenQ. But they give me technical support for a bit and if I don't like it within 3 weeks I can take it back.
They also have the latest Sony 16x the 800 model. And its predecessor, the 710 model, had gotten a good review elsewhere.
I want reliability in burning home made videos that I use for teaching in my business, and reliablity in the drive itself for it to be long lasting. I could not find a CD Freaks review of the Sony, but my partner in L.A. has one internally and he gets it to create DVD's at 4x that are good in the computer but hang up on the TV Player - maybe because they are burned in DVD+R instead of DVD-ROM OR DVD-.
It would be ideal if I can burn DVD's that play on TV Set DVD Players. (I send VHS tapes, too, but many people ask for DVD's.)
Also , can any of these drives be configured to make DVD's that play on TV Set Players in Europe and Asia?
Does anyone have info on these drives and suggestions? I know they are both made by Lite-on.
Sorry to be so lengthy. This is actually a distillation from 2 weeks of investigation.