After having my share of trouble with a NEC and Optiarc DVD±RW drives (see a threat I posted in the NEC forum if you’re interested), I am now looking to purchase a new DVD±RW drive. I have read some reviews, but from reading around the forums I see that the most important aspect - the burning quality - is not always fully covered in reviews. So I am asking about a recommendation for a new DVD±RW drive, and I will take into deep consideration every recommendation here, so please recommend carefully
As for my requirements: Not from NEC or Optiarc or based on those chipset(s) (not because they aren’t good but because it seems they do not work properly with my motherboard’s chipset so I just want to try a different brand now) + Reasonable price + Has to work properly under Linux as well (I haven’t heard about any ATA DVD drive that doesn’t work in linux, the only ones I’ve heard to cause problems are DVD drives connected to SATA like some of the Plextor ones). The most important aspect is of course the burning quality: I don’t care to burn things at x4 or x8 as long as the quality is good and that I can count on the DVDs to last 1-2 years. I’m aware this also depends on media, but since in my country there is not much selection of burning medias I would prefer the drives you recommend would work well with Ritek and Verbatim DVD-R medias, and if at all possible I would prefer that it works well with a broad selection of medias, and not a drive that only works well with one brand.
So far I have been considering mainly writers from LiteOn. I saw good feedback on BenQ ones too, but sadly, they are pretty rare in my country (Israel). As for Plextor drives, I would appreciate feedback regarding if you think the difference in quality is worth the extra money they cost (In Israel Plextor DVD writers cost roughly x2-x3 times what NEC and Liteon drives cost). Also I don’t care too much about speed so it’s not like I upgrade every year, if you think Plextor drives will outlive other ones I would be happy to hear about that too since it is all taken into consideration in my book. I also don’t really need technologies like Lightscribe or Labelflash, I’m fine with a black marker pen Of course if those drives cost about the same i’ll take them too hehe.