So I've read various reviews, and done quite a good amount of research on this matter, since I want to replace my old 2004 LiteOn 1673S with a newer, better DVD Burner. After reading a few topics about many of the pros and cons of different drives, I thought it was perhaps better to guide myself with what I'm looking for the most.
So far, I've read great things about the Pioneer DVR-111D, BenQ 1650, and PX-750. Without doubt, I know the PX would perform very nicely, but the price is somewhat a little too high for me.
I've read that the BenQ 1650 is still a better choice than the Pioneer 111D mainly because it has a few more features than the 111D. The only problem I'm seeing is that since BenQ has stopped making DVD Burners, which will makes it quite hard to find, and I've never owned a BenQ before so I'm not sure what to expect.
I'm left with my only other option.. the 111D, I checked the wonderfully detailed review for this drive, here in CDFreaks and I really didn't see problems at all. They've been in the market for a good amount of time, and without doubt also have a great costumer service from my experience.
I mainly want a new DVD Burner for a few reasons..
My older LiteOn apparently didn't get strong ratings, most of them were 'good' but nothing that would make it an astonishing drive, and after using CD-Speed to check various of my DVDs most turned out to have below a 50 rating, even Verbatim MCC004 ones, and they're not even 5 months old!
Secondly, I hear LiteOn has been making poor drives more recently and are loosing ground in the competition. It has never given me problems, but from what Ive read, they are problematic DVD Burners.
I want a good DVD Burner that can score me higher with CD-Speed (Sounds ignorant, but those 50s on CD-Speed really are getting me paranoid)
And here are my questions..
1) How well does the Pioneer 111D do with TY & Verbatim media? Which is all I plan on using from now on.
2) Is the 111D much worse than the BenQ 1650 or are both of them almost on par with each other?
3) Is there any difference in quality and such from a 8x TY compared to a 16x TY? Is it just the speed that is different? (I've always been confused on that matter)
Thanks in advance guys, and I'm terribly sorry for my long posts.. I tend to make them long :doh: