Like brother or better?

It is now official that the new Ricoh MP5316DA drive is a clone of NEC 3500A. But the drive seems to perform better than NEC in some aspects. Since both are the same drives would you guys agree its better to buy RICOH instead as per this article

They are the same… yes… In which aspects does Ricoh preform better than Nec ? Nec 3500 review and Ricoh review @ CDRInfo aren’t compareable… because Ricoh uses a 2.18 clone of the firmware… and the Nec doesn’t.

Thanks for the info so does this mean that NEC’s DVD reading with scratched DVD’s has improved as RICOH does?

Possible yes.

Looking at the write statagies 2.18 has a newer strat for dl than 2.B9…