Optodisc media are hardly used by LG DVD writer users. Not a meaningful test for comparison. Optodisc media are hardly good. Princo media can also sometimes generate such low PIF levels. But not always.
I meant it's far ahead in writing quality excluding dvd ram because it doesn't do dvd ram and from what I know very few people are using dvd ram in north america, the lower price is a bonus.
As far as I have seen, average writing quality on LG drives has been far better than that of BenQ drives. It's just that there are more BenQ lovers than LG lovers on CDFreaks.
It's pointless to talk about DVD-RAM write quality in BenQ when not one BenQ drive has DVD-RAM. The important thing first of all is that LG does have DVD-RAM while BenQ doesn't. That is media support specification. Whether BenQ has DVD+RW bitsetting or not is entirely another issue. Can you really say a truck that has eight wheels is better than a limousine with four wheels but a lot of luxury components inside? For a truck, more wheels might be more important than luxury seats and bullet-proof windows. Quite many peopl e in South Korea, Japan, and the US seem to use DVD-RAM from what I've seen. It can't be compared to DVD+R/-R users because they are entirely for different purposes. If the fact that more people use DVD+R/-R than DVD-RAM can be used to advertise BenQ drives, the same can be said about DVD+RW bitsetting and PIE/PIF/Jitter scanning. How many people use DVD+RW bitsetting and disc quality scanning? I seriously believe there are more people who have used DVD-RAM than BenQ's quality scanning and DVD+RW bitsetting.
Again, there are places where LG drives are cheaper than BenQ drives, so your saying of "the lower price is a bonus" shouldn't be used to promote BenQ drives on LG forum.
Also BenQ offered free upgrades from 1600 model to the 1620 pro which is great, unlike LG that sold the 4120 (same hardware) as 4160, alot of dissapointed customers of 4160 because they never released bitsetting firmware, while it was offered in a older model (4120). Doesn't make sense.
Which was used to sell more BenQ drives of DW1600 in the first place. BenQ announced it long before the actual firmware releases of B7P9 and B7S9. It was marketing more than anything else. LG surely didn't add bitsetting in GSA-4160B but who really had to buy GSA-4160B when everyone was saying GSA-4160B was just the same GSA-4120B with 16x DVD+R added? BenQ works with Philips. Philips is the DVD+RW company and as such has a lot of reasons to promote DVD+RW bitsetting because it's money for them. LG has the opposite reason because LG works with Hitachi. Hitachi receives money from DVD-RAM licensing. What doesn't make sense? As for some irregularities, do what Sony and BenQ do always make sense? Why is that important in discussing which drives are good at writing backup disks?
Post information to help others. Not to help your own beliefs to promote a specific vendor. If you want to compare LG GSA-4163B and BenQ DW1620, do so please, but the purpose should be to help people here, not to prove that you are right in saying BenQ is better.