With most drives, OEM versions don’t come with bundled burning software and IDE cable. With LG writers, OEM models can be totally different models which may not have firmware support from LG (long story behind it). Put simply : OEM is ok if you have an IDE cable and burning software already for any drive EXCEPT LGs.
LG internal drives + external enclosures will result in the fact that you cannot burn faster than 12x. This is a long complicated tale of people who went through lots of trouble trying to get that to work and never succeeded beyond that point. So the 4167B is out of the question. Don’t get that.
The 5163 however, will reach 16x. It has both USB2 and firewire interfaces. Btw, you are going to need USB2 for a 16x burn.
I’ve read of quite a few people who had problems using IDE to USB cables with internal writers. The usual result is that it won’t burn any faster than about 8x.
Nope. You need special lightscribe discs for that and they are generally more expensive than standard discs.
Look, you’re making life too complicated for yourself. Ask yourself two questions :
- Can I be bothered to go through the trouble of experimenting with using an external casing and an internal drive? This includes finding out what casing works best and actually fiddling around with getting it to work.
Yes=buy the external case + BenQ 1640/1655 or Sony 810
No=buy the 5163
- Which is cheaper, the external casing + internal drive, or the 5163?
External casing+internal drive is cheaper=buy ext case+int drive
5163=buy the 5163
After that it is only a case of whether price or effort is more important to you.