I currently use a NEC 2500 firmware modded to 2510 and am generally happy with it. However my next drive must ‘definitely’ have media testing capabilities. I looked at the 1620 and it looks all well and good but am seriously waiting to see what the next model along is capable of. Especially in terms of dual layer writing. I know media is expensive and limited right now but it will eventually come down and I want to be prepared with a drive that can handle it. Especially since 2.5 speed DL is so slow. 8x DL has been announced and I would expect the next Benq drive to be anounced as supporting it. If not then at least 4x DL.
OK not much point to this post other than to conject as to what we can expect from (and when) the next Benq drive.