I’m trying to decide between getting a Lite-On 812s or the NEC 2500A. I noticed that both drives can be firmware-hacked into dual-layer, but I saw the NEC article mentioning that the lasers need to be properly positioned or else it may not work. Is this true?
I can get a dual-layer for about $20 more, so it’s worth the money, rather than hacking the drive and getting sub-par performance on dual-layer. Or do you really get full performance?
I have about 40 discs of what I consider to be crap-media. Meaning, I have DVD reader’s that can barely read it and can’t read them at all. But my friend’s reader can read it. So I’d still want one to be able to read the crappy media I have (BGM). I heard the NEC can handle bad media well, but I’ll be burning with decent to good media, and only reading this bad media.
So which, Lite-On or NEC, do you think is best? I’m not going to go all extreme on this drive, I just need something to read and burn data-discs (or disc filled with AVI files) reliably.