Some of the disks that my BenQ’s could not read are simply DVD-RW’s (Fuji, TDK and Verbatim among them) that are produced by the Panasonic DMR-ES15 DVD Recorder. These are not some cheap disks produced by some flakey program on an Uber-Hacked PC, after all.
Hey, look - I totally, totally dig my BenQ drives. I have two of them and recommended them to DOZENS of folks I know. The produce great quality burns and have some of the best features around.
But the bottom line is, they are just not as compatible as a reader as they should be, and for whatever reason, the effort that BenQ has put into their firmware is simply not producing the type of increased compatibility with new media and formats that other, newer drives are able to achieve.
As much as I hate to admit it, the drives seem to be falling behind in one of the key areas that I depend on, and I’m forced to face that reality, no matter how big a fanboy of BenQ I have been.
When you say “Lite-On drives ae ofteh the last resort” - how is that a bad thing? They just seem to get the job done in terms of reading compatibility, and to me that seems a very positive thing. You make it sound like somehow they are down-river junk or something? Because they are more capable of reading various media? That’s kind of backwards logic, don’t you think?
Lastly, the key factor in firmware update seems less about the last release and more about the effort that goes into that release. They could put something out every 10 days, but if the content of those updates is essentially useless, what good do they do?
The bottom line is that Lite-On drives seem to able to read disks that the BenQ’s cannot, and in a world where it is essential to be able to reliably read data from a variety of medias that may differ greatly in quality and come in a mess of different formats, I think that is what matters most.
Clients are not going to be happy if you try to tell them that you can’t meet a deadline because your “trusty little BenQ” isn’t able to read the disks they give you that contains their critical data. All they may care about is that the job gets done with a minimum of hassles and no excuses.
Sometimes things just change, and better stuff comes out, and as much of a pain in the tail as it can be, progress can happen and we have to move on.