Apart from the inbuilt support that the NEC 2510A has for DL burning, is it different in any other way to the 2500A? The only review I could find for the 2510A (http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?page=1042&head=12) doesn’t go into too much detail on the write/read performance of the 2510. Does anyone know if NEC has improved the read performance of the 2510 especially with regards to scratched discs etc?
Also, the 2510A currently writes to DL media at a rate of 2.4X - is this the max possible by the hardware, or would it be possible to increase this speed using future firmware updates?
Currently, Newegg has the 2500A on sale for $69.99, while the 2510A is $87.00. Is the slow DL capability of the 2510A (non-hacked) worth this additional expense or are there any other features that come with the drive? I will mainly be using this drive for long-term media storage, hence the concern for reading possibly scratched discs in the future (I also don’t have a separate reader).
I’d appreaciate any comments…