I' m new to DVD writers, and burning in general. I have spent a lot of time between a lot of different sites to try, and find a low budget reliable dvd-RW. I have been using a cicero 4-2-4 cd rw the past 6 - 8 years(laser just burned out) so I'm kinda of clueless, as to what I should look out for when purchasing a dvd-RW.
I would like to use the drive mainly for data backup. My previous cd-rw kinda sucked, and I have had a lot of bad luck with finding good medium to burn on, so when it comes to data storage on cd's and dvd's I don't have a lot of faith in them.
I was looking at the nec 2500, but when I went to nec's site I noticed they don't even support their own product, so that model is completely out of the question, as I'm not comfortable using other peoples firmware because of warrenty issues(bad luck with hardware).
Is the pioneer the right choice for what I need to do (data backup)? If so, what should I look out for when purchasing it (OEM). I have read some posts about people that have bought "grey imports", and their firmware couldn't be updated. Also, what information should I look out for, besides manufacturing date?
Just another quick question. What is the advantage of using + or - medium? Is one more expensive then the other?
Any help is appreciated.