I'm trying to find a DVD burner to purchase in one month and I'm having trouble choosing one. I was going to go for Sony DW-U12A/DRU-510A but I'm not exactly sure any more.
The only problem is with media compatibility. I purchased some horribly crappy DVD-Rs at one point (BMI) and they could not be read in any of my DVD drives except for my friend's, which is the Sony I mentioned previously. I purchased some Memorex DVD-Rs and those were not able to be read in my drive, either, which is very annoying. The Sony was able to read it. >_< I've purchased Ritek and those are the only ones that have worked fine so far.
I'm planning to use the DVD burner at an internal drive and also external with an enclosure (for use with a laptop).
I was browsing the sticky topics and noticed that NEC and LiteOn (some model 166) were most often mentioned. Are these drives very compatible with different types of media. I'm never going to buy the old crappy media anymore, but I at least want them to be readable on the DVD burner.
Do you have any comments/good recommendations. I'm not after speed - I'd be happy with a 4x burner, so those should not be too expensive, but I need it to be able to read all the bad DVDs I bought and burned already on a friend's computer.