[QUOTE=fairplay;2097605]Shipping is more than $8.00 makes it around 30 dollars. I think is better go with newer Pioneer or Samsung 203’s for this price.[/QUOTE]
The thing is … [B][U]SolidBurn[/U][/B].
I know (zebadee) has/uses three of these.
1 to rip (MCSE speed read patched).
Still just about the fastest reader/ripper in this form.
To say nothing of the scanning aspect. (What else can you use for DL or CDR? )
1 to write to Verbatim + media only. SolidBurn enabled, rest disabled.
1 to write to Verbatim - media only. SB & other utils as above.
The resulting burns @ 8x 12x & 16x (SL media) are still as good as anything on the market today.
The downside, DL burning not really adequate @ any speed. That is about all, to say really.
Even BenQ’s own 1650/1655’s are not as consistent performers. When compared to the 1640.