My old BenQ DW-1640 has recently been producing coasters and not a single successful burn was produced until now. I believe that it’s unable to burn anymore and I need to find a new SATA/IDE DVD burner.
These are the models that are available to me :
A. DRU-845S (Lightscribe)
E. AD-7220S (OEM)
A. DVR-213LS (Lightscribe)
A. 20A3P (IDE)
B. DW-1655 ($30-$45 more expensive than all other drives !!)
I always burn at x4 speed and I always use made-in Japan media such as Verbatim and Mitsubishi. The verbatim media that I currently have is TYG03 and MCC 003.
In the future I will mostly use the verbatim one. If possible I want a drive which is both an excellent burner and scanner. If not, at least it should be an excellent burner since my old BenQ DW-1640 is still a good scanner
I don’t particularly choosy whether the drive is Lightscribe / DVD-RAM writing capable but of course if possible I want lightscribe, DVD-RAM and other capabilities (c2error, etc) on top of excellent burning capability.
I heard that people have been talking about either SONY 72XX series and PIONEER (don’t know which series) being the best burner, but LiteOn and BenQ have their own reputation too.
Too many drive these days are re/cross-branded ones and make it even more confusing to choose which one as a NEW burner.
Needless to say that firmware and after sales support will also be very important factors to consider.
Please help me pick just 1 out of these models and if possible please state your reason/personal experience/advice as detailed as possible.
Thanks in advance !