Sounds like a good plan in theory but I wouldn’t want to see Samsung caught up in Liteon’s transformation into sales bloodlust with their technical integrity going down the tube. Samsung currently appears to be trying a lot harder than Liteon to refine their products, instead of pumping out their rebadged model of the month.
Liteon apparently expects users to keep buying their rebadged old model with new firmware instead of actually fixing the old model properly. Last night I scanned a data archive that I burned using my last Liteon which I actually relied on (812S with US0Q firmware). The disc, a Kodak (Prodisc R03), had a PIE index around 30, but far worse a PIF index of 2.79 and 712 POF’s. What a piece of junk–and this should be considered “mature” Liteon firmware. That 812S was the point where I gave up on Liteon getting their act together, and seeing the burns scanned now just confirms my past conclusions.
I have picked up a 1633S running BS0S firmware since for amusement, and it burns Prodisc F01 marginally as well–even after their write quality on the F01 media was pointed out a few firmware versions earlier in online reviews. No POF errors on this F01 media vs the R03, but still lame.
To top it all off, running quality scans on the F01 media on the 1633S vs a BenQ DW1620 using CD-Speed on both drives, the 1633S reported a PIE average around 7 times higher than the BenQ—and this is scanning its own media! I found these same problems in the past using a SOHC-5232K for scanning, exaggerated bad readings when doing quality testing. I contacted Liteon about it many times, and the problem was never resolved on that product. As you can see is still a problem generations down the line, and with both the 812S and the 5232K Liteon told me to RMA my drive, only to get another one with the same characteristics. Liteon is a waste of your money, and a company who I would love to see their lame support come back and burn them badly.
I have hope for Samsung, and I would love to see them put Liteon to shame by refining this TS-H552U to perfection. This would be in stark contrast to Liteon tossing out the same chipset into the market and leaving it for dead for end users to fix with their own doctored firmware.