A less sophisticated comment or two.
I have owned only 3 Benq’s (822,1620,1650) and 2 Pioneers (106,111L) since I started using DVD media. I bought the LG GSA-H10L because my 3 day old Pioneer 111L had started to fail on burn after burn. I was desperate to finally confirm it was the drive so I picked up the H10L. Only because it was local, cheap and easy to return. (Sort of like my old dating life )
I immediatly noticed the slowest ripping speeds I have ever seen, but that was soon (mostly) fixed by MSCE and a LL11 firmware update. It writes Verbatim DL beautifully and I am no longer convinced that BenQ and Pioneer make superior product in general.
Hopefully this drive lasts several months longer than the dw1650 (4 months)and 111L (3 days) that it has replaced.
Like all drives it does have it’s issues. Bitsetting was a pain but reading the FAQ’s makes a huge difference.
I have never owned a drive that didn’t have the buffer move some while writing DL. On my PC - at 6x using imgburn - I get no buffer ‘play’. Stays at 100% the whole burn… even shifting layers. And that’s the other nice thing. Usually there is a significant speed drop shifting layers (at least there was on the Pioneer - sometimes getting close to 1.X). NOt this drive. Burned at 6x and at layer shift only fell to 5.8x. Absolutely shocked me. This was not an isolated burn. I completed 5 DL writes yesterday that had backlogged on my PC. All the same. Excellent quality results on 4 of the 5.
SL TY 8x media did have the usual 88% - 96% movement and that was a little unexpected after watching how well it handled DL.
I’m keeping this drive and not replacing it with another 111L.