I recently bought one of these drives (in Khypermedia clothing) and so far I’m quite happy with it. It burns DVDs very reliably and after purchasing the dual format firmware, I can even make a good DVD-R disc at 2.4x. I can live with that.
However, I’m having difficulty with CD-R media. My old CD-RW drive was an LG 48-24-48 and I found that this burner can almost make CDs on cardboard. OK, I exaggerate, but I never made a single coaster with it. It burned top quality discs and the cheapest CD-Rs I could find with equal ability. I never ran disc scans, but the burned discs always worked just fine in any player I could find. (I did find that a couple of my audio players didn’t like when the buffer underrun protection kicked in, and this caused skips where the underrun was corrected. I just burn at 8x to solve this problem.)
The cheap discs I used to use with good luck with the LG burner aren’t so good in the BenQ. It often gets write errors. When it does succeed, the discs do seem fine.
Was I lucky to have a CD-RW drive that would burn on almost anything?
And more importantly, what media do you guys find seems to work well in the DW800a? I’m tempted to get a supply of Taiyo Yuden discs (they aren’t all that expensive in quantity) but I have to mail order them - I can’t find them locally.