I am considering buying a DVD writer. I currently own a LiteON CD writer (and DVD reader combo) drive which I’m happy with, but I also own a LiteON external USB Slimtype 431SX DVD writer which I’m not so happy with. It isn’t particularly fast (4x for DVD+Rs, 2.4x for pretty much everything else), but more worryingly, I’m using it for backups and I don’t get particularly pleasing results using Nero 6’s “CD-DVD speed tool” for checking media. I might start another thread about my less-than-satisfactory USB DVD writer.
I would go for a Plextor that my favourite supplier has going for ~Â£50, but I’m not particularly flush for money. I’m also looking on behalf of my customers, I run a computer maintenance business, sometimes I’m asked for recommendations, upgrades or to build computers.
I’m inclined to go for Samsung or NEC. I’d prefer to get software with the drives, but since I have Nero 6 Express and PowerDVD 4, that should be satisfactory. Having software is nice particularly when buying for customers.
Any suggestions/experiences would be much appreciated. I know there are large amounts of drive reviews here, but short of reading all of them, it’s a mountain of data to go through without being able to filter it much.