I love my NEC 3500 so I got my work to buy me one for work and I love it there to. Awesome drive which hasn’t burnt me any coasters (except for Nero 220.127.116.11 which had a DISK to DISK problem!!!) anyhow… two of my friends wanted burners so all I could order was the 3520 drives. So I gave one of them my 3500 and installed the 3520 firmware (1.04). I then decided to get a BenQ cause of what Anandtech said about them and the 1620 just plain sucked. I couldnt write to DVD-R’s at all… on TONS of media. I tried every combination of Retail and OEM firmwares out there so I sent it back.
But my question is how does the 3520 compare with the 3500? Should I have kept the 3500 and gave them the 3520? Is the 3520 faster at burning certain types of dvds?