Okay, Cressida recommended the ASUS DRW-1608P3S burner to me in the Nero User forum, but unfortunately I delayed, and www.newegg.com has been out of stock on them for a week. I would like advice on the following options (I am mostly using the DVD-Burner for Data Backup, would like Dual-Layer support, and mostly just want good quality burns):
Wait for www.newegg.com to get more in - Normally I would do this, but www.zipzoomfly.com doesn’t carry the beige ones (only black and silver) and they are back-ordered on these, and Pricewatch only shows five companies selling them, so I am worried they may be getting phased out by Asus.
Newegg has the drive available in black for a dollar more, but a black drive would look really dumb in my case.
Newegg has the drive as an open box for about two dollars more, but something about paying more for a used drive and a 15-day warranty makes me uncomfortable.
eWiz.com has the drive OEM for less than Newegg, but I have always had good luck with Newegg and have never bought from eWiz.
Newegg has the Pioneer -111D which is the base model of the ASUS drive for about $4 more, but it seems to lack the FlextraSpeed and FlextraLink features of the Asus (I think), and I prefer the ASUS styling, although if the quality is the same, I would go this way.
Newegg has the ASUS DRW-1612BL- drive for about $4 more also, but I think it is a MediaTech and not a Pioneer. It got good reviews here, but I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s as good a drive as the 1608.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!