I'm not sure whether LG drives can't do 99 minutes CD-R burning. It was LG CD-R burners among those that first supported 90/90-min CD-R burning. Not interested since the first general availability of DVD+RW 2.4x drives.
What difference between BenQ and LG? You are trying to compare two very different drives. Such comparisons are invalid and not helpful for those who already know the specifications of each. For those who think DVD-RAM matters, LG. For those PIE/PIF/Jitter scanning matters, BenQ. For those who can buy LG GSA-4163B at low cost, LG. For those who can buy BenQ DW1620 Pro at low cost, BenQ.
How many threads of this kind of questions have been posted in this forum? Try to find them yourself. There have been hundreds literally. Just list the review links. Don't quote to make your own conclusions based on opinions and personal experiences.
I'm sorry to answer in this fashion but threads like this do not help anyone, not even yourself. It just adds confusion. Over time, the same people will just reply less sincerely, omitting Fact 001, Fact 002, Fact 003... and Example 001, Example 002, Example 003... and so on because they have been posted hundreds of times already. How much likely is it new and better answers are going to be posted just to answer another new thread that asks the same question? Zero in most cases.
Reading back, I see I have answered you correctly before.
Originally Posted by Kenshin
Thanks for your question but such questions should have been on forum boards only. One of CDFreaks rules is that PM's should never been used for such questions.
But to answer you in short, different solutions for different people (and in different situtaions.) My recommendation is: get both GSA-4163B and DW1620. That way, you can have the best of the best. The two are too different to be compared directly.
Or read the reviews. BenQ DW1620, LG GSA-4163B, NEC ND-3500A, Plextor PX-716A, and Plextor Premium drives have all been reviewed on CDFreaks and detailed on CDFreaks forums very many times. If you cannot find an answer on a specific matter, post a new thread. Till then, read the reviews. If you don't want to spend the time to read all the pages of the reviews, just look for the parts you want to read. If you want more, look for the most comprehensive and conclusive threads on each sub-forums: BenQ forum, LG forum, and so on. There are at least a few "BIG" threads on each. The problem with your thread (and hundreds of other similar threads) is that most answers are just random repetitions.