[QUOTE=jadburner;2786804]Thank you for your interest and insights, Ibex. I’m fine with changing the thread title as you suggested. I knew the W and X drives had ALI-based chips, but didn’t realize the P model didn’t. Thank you for clarifying.[/QUOTE]
These are really solid, dependable drives. Every CDFreak should own [S]one[/S] [I]a few[/I].
About 8 years ago I bought my sister a brand new old stock 5224WU. Her stuff is not treated kindly, takes a real battering and usually has a rather short life. (I insist she cleans her laptops before I look at fixing them, but I still have to work in a well ventilated room at arms length while holding my breath.) But this drive has behaved faultlessly.
Her only interest in optical drives was to make copies of audio CDs. [Tut-tut ] These are usually heavily scratched and she only uses cheap & crappy blank CD-R (mostly some Datasafe CMC :Z I was sent in error), invariably written at the fastest possible speed. (She’s impatient & doesn’t know how to change the speed.)
This should be a recipe for coasters galore, but this Benq has performed faultlessly. In over 200 discs I don’t think she has had a single failed write! Nor encountered any problems playing the discs in any of her CD players. (A perennial complaint back in the days when I was daft enough to copy CDs for her using my good discs. )
Throw in the fact that the drive can read all but the very worst CDs without audible errors or slowing down, and you have the perfect drive for this highly popular (but illicit ) activity.