I’m in the process of getting my first DVD burner which I plan on putting in a firewire/USB enclosure (Prolific).
I wasn’t that interested in DVD-RAM at first, but the more I read about it the more I want it
Because of this I have pretty much decided on going with the NEC ND-4550 (I would prefer to get 4551 but need a drive now) drive which supports all formats, with RAM burning up to 5x. Recently, I read that DVD-RAM format will soon be able to support 16x burning, and wondered if the 4550 could support 16x RAM burning through firmware upgrade in the future.
Anyone know if this will be possible ?
Also, am I making a good decision getting the 4550 instead of my other shortlist drives of Plextor 740, Pioneer 110 (with RAM support), LG 4167, Sony DRU-810, BenQ 1640 ?
I have heard that the NEC can produce discs with errors (not too knowledgeable about this stuff but PIF’s and PI’s, I believe) when burned at higher speeds. Is this still the case if I don’t over-burn, and only burn at the media’s rated speed ?
One last thing about media - Does the 4550 happily support the following media (ie. produces good, reliable burns)…
Verbatim (MCC) for all formats including RAM (I read somewhere it only liked Panasonic RAM media)
TDK for all formats
Ritek (RITEKG05) for printable DVD-R/DVD+R
What about other media types ?
Sorry for all the questions in my first post. I look forward to reading all the replies