Okay, I’ve spent days going over the different reviews on cdfreaks and other sites, and four hours in this forum alone reading about the different burners, and still I haven’t been able to come to any conclusions about which DVD writer is best for me. Too often I hear people saying things like “BenQ is the best optical drive on the market today,” “I love my NEC,” and the ever enthusiastic but supremely unhelpful “Lite-on all the way! W007!” I’ve heard about problems with NEC drives and cheap media and firmware, promblems with BenQs dieing in the tower, and Lite-Ons just being praised for no specific reason I can find. If anyone can give me an unbiased opinion of these models as they relate to my drive-writing needs, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Models to chose from:
Here is what I need it to do:
Copy Protection Circumvention: I need my drive to be able to get around copy protection. It doesn’t need to be able to do it all on its own, but if there are protections that require hardware capabilities to circumvent, I want those capabilities. I will be backing up (by writing the image to HD, then mounting/direct burning. I’ll have one DVD burner and no ROM) PC games and DVD movies, as well as some PS2 titles.
Region Flexibility: I have access to a pilot who frequently has access to DVDs from around the world. I also have relatives who live in Europe (I live in North America). As a result, I have DVDs from China, Russia, France, and elsewhere. I need to be able to switch regions frequently. If this ability comes via a hacked firmware, I have no problems with voiding my warranty, so long as there is extensive documentation on the backup/flashing process for the drive and good hacked firmware.
*Note: The first two points are the most important considerations I have.
DVD+RW 4X Compatibility: I’d like good compatibility with media. Hong Kong is the best place to get cheap media so far as I’m concerned. However, I will move to costlier, local options if necessary.
NOT DIE: I wonâ€™t be doing a lot of burning, so I expect it to last for at least three years. I don’t care if its “outdated” long before this time, and I will probably use it for much longer than this if it lasts (7+ years). Of course when it comes to copy protection I don’t expect the drive to still be viable.
Things I’m not as concerned about:
Speed: It can take all day to write the darn disk if it wants. So long as it doesn’t completely tie up my computer, makes a good burn, and fall in line with my first two points.
Again, any help would be appreciated. Thank you all,
CPU Type: AMD Athlon XP, 2166 MHz (13 x 167) 2700+
Motherboard Name: AOpen MK77M-8XN
OS: Windows XP Pro
RAM: 479MB (Integrated Video/Audio)