This is my first post at CD Freaks, but I have been reading these forums for over half a year already!
I now have a question for you optical drive enthusiasts.
I currently have a Lite-On LDW-451S with GSB7 firmware that I am very happy with. I have the opportunity to receive the new SOHW-812S for free, at the expense of giving up my LDW-451S.
Now, here’s the question. Do I go for this offer?
I know that the LDW-451S can be modded to become the LDW-851S, so pretend for a moment that I’m actually comparing the LDW-851S to the SOHW-812S, even though I have not modded the LDW-451S at this time.
Going by Lite-On’s history with their other DVD burners and their reputation for high quality products that are very affordable, would you, in my position, take the SOHW-812S as an upgrade to the LDW-451S despite it not being considered great at this time?
Can I assume that it’s only going to be considered lousy in the beginning, as the LDW-411S initially was due to non-mature firmware? Then after several firmware revisions, would it be as great of a burner as the others?
Sorry for rambling on like that. Can you guys help me out with this dilemma?