I’m looking for a new DVD writer now as my Samsung (TS-H542) seems to have broken down finally.
This is the last time I buy a samsung product, they just keep breaking down after a year, I’ve never had one hit 2 years fully functional with no problems.
Basically I have limited options, these are the drives that are easily available to me that seem to be good quality:
I basically want something that will write & read Generic CD-R/DVD-R/DVD+R media (the type that has no name or isn’t a brand name) and for occasionally watching movie DVDs.
Quality burning is more important than speed though I would like to have excellent quality at 8x speed with DVD-Rs.
I might like to play around with DVD+R discs some time in the future. So that is probably a factor.
I will mainly be using the discs for Data backup (DVD-R) and for some of my work (CD-R). Written work, photo work, video work, and audio work. Sometimes I will make backups of all of these on the same disc.
I’d like fast access times and good read speeds as well since this Samsung of mine took up to 30 seconds to recognise a disc in the drive and then it would read very slowly which was extremely annoying.
Finally I don’t really want to flash the writer with modified firmware. I do want to flash with supported firmware though.
Hope all that helps when figuring out the best drive for my situation.
PS: I’m leaning towards the Pioneer DVR-111D