I bought a 1650 couple of days ago, hoping that it could play both a role of a good reader and of a good burner. What I have experienced is that it burns really good, in my humble opinion, but that it reads dvd/cd's well but not excellent. Benq refused to read a dvd I burned on a laptop with nec 3500ag, and to tell you the truth, the disc was not burned very well, it has a LOTS of red sectors when I scan it with scandisk in nero speed. The thing is that NEC 3540 read that disc just fine, as just as couple of LG readers. Also Benq refused to read couple of cd's which had 3-4 such red(bad) blocks, but my trusty Liteon 5237 cd writer read them both with ease. I chose Benq among other dvd-rw's because of its famous reading capability, apart from being a good burner. But I didn't quite get that.
So, should I try my luck with Benq 1640 which I can get instead of 1650? Will I get a device that can read even trashy dvd's and cd's? Will I experience drop in burn quality?