My trusty old pioneer 105 died on me recently, the painful conclusion being that i needed a new DVDRW. Painful as when i got my drive it cost almost Â£200, i was pleasantly supprised to find out how much less they cost these days. After reading up using that wonderful search engine i've decided to go with a BQ 1620, however here in sunny england i can't find any of the damn things, except in the form of Phillips burners (same drive, different badge isn't it?) I'm also thinking about getting a second DVD ROM to use as a reader, as it's supposed to increase the lifespan of the burner, and be able to rip DVDs at a better speed. So, questions:
What DVD reader would you recomend?
The Phillips 1640 is the same as a BQ 1620?
Is there a BQ 1640, as i've found a few references to them in europe, is there any real advantages to getting one of them?
What difference is there between a phillips 1640g and a phillips 1640B (there's a five quid difference at Dabs.com? (not buying from them, but the question stands)
How much advantage is there to getting a dedicated DVD reader? Would it be better to get a good CDRW instead?
(Oh, and there's no massive difference between + and -? Read a long article about it here which said that + was a better standard, but that the practical differences were minimal at the moment..?)