Well, I decided I'd get a 16P9S, and if I don't like it, I'll get a 1693. I really don't want to use the Lite-On burner for a burner, I just want it for a ripping drive, and scanner anyways. The whole idea was to use it for a really fancy reader. I could care less if it burns too, but I'm sure I'd use it for that too. Anyways, the pressure is off for now to make a decision, I ordered a 16P9S, and another for a friend of mine. I noticed they had a 100gb 8mb cache maxtor hard drive @ best buy for $50, and I wanted more capacity in my USB 2.0 enclosure, so I bought that too. So, the $100 extra spending cash is gone now, so a 1693 will have to wait until my buddy pays me back for his 16P9S (newegg had them for $20!!! So two of them shipped was $48!!!) and I sell my old 40gb drive from my usb 2.0 enclosure. I'm still looking for input, because I can always sell the 16P9S to somebody, and use it to buy a 1693 if I want to.
I didn't realize that they made a speed patch for Lite-On burners, I thought that was a DVD-ROM thing only, shows what I know!!! So, the 1693 might still be my drive of choice, the 16P9S will be good for now. If Plextools doesn't work with a 740, there's no point in getting a BenQ and flashing it!!! So, it's back down to keep the 16P9S, or get a 1693, and sell my new DVD-ROM??? How about my other drives??? how does my CD burner handle copy protection??? If my other drives can do what the others can't, I don't really need to upgrade to the 1693 unless I want a K-Probe scanner. I think for $46, I will forget about that feature! But if it has a significant advantage in ripping speed or copying abilities, I'm there! Does my 3500a do protected CDs well??? Will a 1693 do anything my other drives won't except error scanning? If not, I don't see any reason to buy it. So much for a case of beer this weekend! :doh: