I’ve been using an LG WH14NS40 for three years, but it’s showing signs of going out. When it did work correctly, it worked very well for what I used it for (burning CDs single-layer DVDs, and single-layer Blu-rays).
I’m now looking for a new Blu-ray burner, and need advice on which is the best for me to buy. I want something that will provide high-quality, reliable burns. It also needs to be good at burning everything I previously mentioned, as well as double-layer BD-Rs, as I plan to burn some in the future. I use Panasonic BD-Rs and Verbatim DVD-Rs, so it needs to work well with those brands.
At first, I thought that the LG WH16NS40 (which is sort of an updated version of the burner that I have) looked like the obvious choice, but then someone on an Internet forum told me that he’s had bad experiences with it. He claims that it doesn’t write properly to double-layer BD-Rs. However, he also claims that the Pioneer 209 tends to break down a lot.
Here’s some of what he said:
[quote]The only reason I have an LG WH16NS40 is because the latest firmwares for Pioneer’s BDR-209M are borked for Ritek 8x DVD+RW’s. I would keep getting the Pioneers, but the last one of these I had was borked right out of the box. Failed to write to BD-R’s that my 2nd 209, which I still have, would. And the 3rd Pioneer I had, before that borked one, died on BD-R after 7 months. So, I have begun to question the quality of Pioneer drives over the last few years. Especially since I have my first 2 and they’re still working after 2 years except for a design flaw in the model. After a few months, the Eject button don’t work when first pressed. Pressing it a 2nd time works. A manual Eject command from ImgBurn does the same thing, but the forced Eject on Writes before Verifies always works.
The LG WH16NS40 has its own killers. It does not write to dual layer BD and BD-RE at ALL correctly. Verify will fail 9 times out of 10 at the layer change. Plus, when you format BD-RE SL as a giant floppy in Windows/File Explorer, it writes to these discs at half the rate of speed of the Pioneer.[/quote]
Can anyone here confirm whether the problems that he cited are indeed common? And in your experience, which drive would be most reliable for my purposes? I’m also open to buying older drives if they are better than the new ones, as long as they are still widely available for an affordable price (price, by the way, is a significant matter for me - I’m on a budget). For instance, is the LG WH14NS40 (the drive that I currently have which is going out) better than its newer version, the LG WH16NS40? Or might an older Pioneer drive be better than the newest model?
Which drive (either new or older but not so old as to create problems with a Windows 10 computer) do you think best suits my purposes?