also the initialization of the media takes forever…after u insert a media it takes about 25 seconds before the drives realizes it should start to spin. After that “thinking time” it takes just few seconds until the media is initialized and the drive is ready, but it really makes me mad…even my oldest burners can do this much faster. I really look forward to replacing this drive, but I must admit that now that I had 18x drive I don’t want to replace it for some other with only 16x so I need to wait a while until the shop comes out with some cool drive.
The other non-LG alternatives of drives they have now are:
[B]NEC ND4570[/B] 16x which I originally wanted, cause I always had good results with my old NEC DVD-RW ND2500A (burning Safedisk 2.x with ease), but they gave me by mistake ND3570 and 2 last they had both didn’t work at all, so I had to choose different one
[B]Pioneer DVR-111D[/B] 16x
[B]SONY-Nec AD-5170[/B] 18x
[B]SONY-Nec AD-7173 [/B] 18x
They didn’t have those 2 sonys at the time I had to choose some drive, so I went for the LG cause I don’t praise pioneer that much and liked the 18x speed on LG. Didn’t know that NEC teamed up with sony, that might be the drive for me. Loved my old DVD-RW NEC ND2500A which recently broke down and since my CD-RW Litey 52327S also went dead few weeks ago I need a drive that can handle both DVD burning at good speed and also can burn CD-RW for my car unit at min. 24, but better 32. Since I don’t even know what is DVD-RAM I don’t care that much about the other features. I just want fast DVD±R burning for backups, fast CD-RW burning for my car mp3s and maybe I will use DVD±R DL in the future if the media price drops down.
The only thing that I don’t like about the sony is that TDB don’t have any firmwares for none of those 2 so if something goes wrong with it I cannot flash it. But I read here, that the firmwares on them are pretty good, so I might take one of these 2 sonys. What do you think about 5170 and 7173? The price difference is not big, so I don’t care which one I choose. Thanks for your opinions.