NEC, Lite-On, or BenQ new drive?

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#1

Hiya,

I’ve been reading this forum for ages and my questions are usually answered, but I thought I’d ask my own question now.

I’m gonne be getting a new DVD burner in the next couple of days and I need some advice. I’ve narrowed my choices to:

[ul]
[li]NEC ND-4551A
[/li][li]Lite-On SHM-165H6S
[/li][li]BenQ 1655
[/li][/ul]

The drive will mostly be used for backing-up DVD movies and ripping audio CDs. Maybe occasionally writing Audio CDs, but not very often.
The media I will use will depend on what drive I get, so isn’t really an issue.

Thanks for you r help in advance,
Boylin


#2

I vote for the LiteOn 165H6[B]S[/B] (ess, not five) because it’s the best DVD ripper of the three and a very good DVD burner.

The NEC would be best for burning Audio CDs with the BenQ as a close second, and the BenQ wold probably burn DVD media slightly better than the LiteOn and definitely better than the NEC, but the BenQ is also the worst reader of the three (in fact it’s the worst DVD reader in my possession).


#3

Poll edited :flower:


#4

Cheers


#5

Cheers for the advice, I also have another drive I can rip DVDs with, so burning is the main priority


#6

They are all excellent drives with “almost” the same specs and performance. Some of the differences are listed below. :wink:

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Now it’s your choice. If you need DVD-RAM your choices are the NEC and Lite-On. If you want overburning, your choice is limited to BenQ.

They also can do Disc Quality scanning but each has their positive and negative sides as well.


#7

Thanks a lot, that’s really helpful. The reason I chose these three drives is the similar spec and price so that helps clarify a lot


#8

A clarification about CD-R overburning on the LiteOn 165H6S:

The CD-R overburning capability of the LiteOn SHW-165H6S was tested in the CDFreaks review with a normal 80min CD-R, and that CD-R could be overburned to 83min.

Both the CDRinfo review of the 165P6S and the CDRLabs review of the 165H6S agree that these drive can overburn to 99min on 99min CD-R media, however! :slight_smile:


#9

Thanks for the corrections, DrageMester. :slight_smile: