I suppose this is a poll, but I don’t think answers fit easily into a small list of choices.
Here’s the preface:
I’ve had my DW1620 rebadge for perhaps two years. I depend on it heavily, and it’s burning as well as the day I got it. I’m concerned, though, that if it ‘goes’ on me, I’ll have to be content with a more recent design that just doesn’t seem to match the (becoming legendary) write quality and feature set of my ol’ 1620.
I’m pinching pennies because my son’s in chemo (doing well, but even with insurance there’s hardly a dollar to spare).
While I’ve nearly ‘settled’ on a Pioneer 111D as the current crop’s cost/performance choice, my hope is that something better will appear in the months ahead.
So I may just wait…but…
How far has your DW1620 Gone?
After about 2 years and (I think) about 650+ burns, quality scans are consistent on similar media with those I made when the drive was new (which indicates it’s stable mechanically, electronically).
Has your DW1620 retired (putting it nicely)? If so, how many burns did you get from it, and how long did you have it?
Is your DW1620 still going? If so, same request.
Can you even guess how many burns you’ve completed?
Ever burn more than 30 DVD’s in a day?
I might be more comfortable just waiting for better drives to appear if my sense is that most of you got good mileage out of yours.
Oh, and the next time you pass that bus in front of a store, take 15 minutes and donate blood, please! If my 5 year old can handle needle pokes every week for 3 years to save his own life, I’m sure you can handle it once in a while to save someone else :). Literally, my son’s chance at living depended on at least 3 people doing that.
You’ll hardly ever be closer to being an angel while still in flesh.
…'nuff tear jerking…