Oh, well, chas... I had an itchy "trigger" finger, and ordered the BenQ last night, taking advantage of Newegg's weekend sale ($44 + $0.99 shipping)--went w/the OEM, obviously.
Yes, I know I totally don't need another burner--I don't even need the other two that I have. Part of this buying frenzy is an outcrop of my recent Plextor fiasco (you do remember my other threads on that, don't you?) :bigsmile: (And before I get a bunch of replies that Plextor is the greatest, yeah, I know, it has worked out for most of you. I'm one of the ones that got f*****. I'm sure some people think Tony Soprano is a nice guy too.)
What I'm doing is sampling the quality of each company's product (he said, entering rationalization mode). Before the whole Plextor horror I went thru, you probably couldn't have told me that the best drive wasn't a Plextor. Now, I doubt I'll ever touch another. But, having gone thru that experience, and sort of being conditioned to think that a good burner costs $130, it's hard for me to pass up one that is generally agreed to be pretty good, and costs $45.
For flat-out reliability, I do probably like my NEC 3520 best, but haven't used the hacked f/w on it, so it still has those "defects" (bitsetting, riplock, etc.) The LG is doing pretty well, very quiet even when it ramps up, and pretty good burns so far.
As far as the upcoming NEC you mentioned, I do have one more bay open, so when it comes out, if it's good... And I imagine my kid's computer will need the old NEC 1100 that's in it now, upgraded soon, so I'm sure I give her one of my current drives at that time, which will give me another open bay...
You see how addictions get started.