I am looking for an external DVD burner. It needs to be external because I have a laptop which I use for most of my work so I would like to be able to use it from that. I have both USB 2 and IEEE 1394 (only one) connectors. The primary tasks I would use the drive for are, a) backing up my hard drive contents, b) burning camcorder videos (Canon MVX25i incase that makes any difference) to DVD.
The drives I have been considering so far are the Sony DRX-810UL, Sony DRX-820UL and now the BenQ EW164B. The biggest difference between Sony and BenQ as I see it is that the BenQ only has USB where the Sony have USB and IEEE 1394. I have seen some comments about not being able to do quality scans over USB. So if I went with the BenQ I wouldnâ€™t have that if the comments were true, but then im not sure I really need that. The other twist is the DRX-820UL being able to handle DVD-RAM which could be useful for managing backups on a more frequent basis without burning through lots of disks. But then the reviews of the drive didnâ€™t look that promising because of the change in chipset used, but maybe a firmware update has resolved these by now? In favour of the BenQ is its price, which I can get for about Â£40 where as the Sony DRX-810UL is about Â£80.
So does anyone have any other drives I should be looking at? Any other factor I might want to consider?