I have found the 1650 to be a fast ripper as standard, and as far as I know it isn’t riplocked. When ripping with DVD Decrypter it reaches 13 X at the edge with SL discs and 11X with DL.
If you want to use MCSE then you can justdownload a fresh copy of BCDC from the BenQ support site. There is an option in MCSE to increase read speed. Load the firmware, check the read speed box, save the firmware, flash then reboot.
You can play around with strategy swapping if you wish but it’s by no means essential, just interesting. Burn quality is amazing as standard.
EDIT: If you bought an OEM drive without software then also download QSuite 2.1 from the BenQ site to allow you to change SolidBurn/Overspeed/WOPC settings.