I recently took advantage of Newegg's $29.99 price on a new LG 18X Dual Layer DVD burner drive. I needed one, since my current drive doesn't always eject properly, and I was getting annoyed at it. I read that this LG drive was very quiet, and did fast burns.
What I didn't take into account is the fact that I don't actually burn all that often. 90% of the use of my drive is actually archiving my DVD's on to my home network so that I can watch various things at my own pace, without having to worry about either of my two toddlers getting their teeth on yet another disk. (and without constantly having to eject the various disks)
Anyway, I had a 3 and a half year old BenQ 4X DVD burner in there. I did a little test using DVD Decrypter and RipItForMe, and was able to rip the entire 3 hours of TV in 17 minutes on the old drive. Then I shut down the PC, swapped in the new LG drive (manufactured December 2006, no less), and did the same thing again.
I was expecting it to finish in 10 to 13 minutes or so. I figured that over 3 and a half years, the drives must have had some improvement, or people would just be sticking with their old drives. Guess what? The new drive, though it may BURN a whole lot faster than my old 4X drive, took a whopping 19 minutes to rip the same DVD. Yes, it was over 2 minutes slower. The new drive is working in UDMA 2 mode, and burns fine. It is just the ripping that I'm unhappy with. It peaks out at 4.5X.
Not such a big deal, but definitely not the improvement I was looking for. I am thinking of sending it back for a refund.
However, without any idea on what a good time for a DVD rip is these days, I wouldn't be able to make an educated choice on selecting another model.
So, without further ado, I'd like to request that anyone out there with a recent DVD burner (say, made in the last couple of years) please do a little test and tell me what your total times to rip the DVD are. Also, please tell the length of the movie you are ripping, since it impacts the ripping time, too.
I'm thinking of writing up a review of the drive, and this would give me some good comparison numbers.