Ok, so maybe the Sony doesn’t have any bearing in this poll, but I threw it in 'cause I received one for my bday. So which one should I get; Lite-On, NEC, or Sony? If it’s something besides the Sony, my friends said they could return it and get me one of the much cheaper drives and some other stuff as well (like a Plantronics DSP-500)
Hardware I’ll be using: AMD XP 2400+/Nforce2 Ultra 400/Toshiba SD-M1712 or AMD XP 2100+/VIA KT400/Toshiba SD-M1712. Software I’ll be using: Win XP pro sp1/Nero 126.96.36.199/Stomp RecordNow Max 4.5/DVD X Copy Platinum 188.8.131.52. The things I’ll be doing with this dvd burner: Mainly, for backing up dvd movies to SL/dvd5 and possibly to DL/dvd9. Secondarily, backing up games (mostly safedisc and maybe securom), burning audio cds, and general data. But if that doesn’t workout I have a Lite-On LTR-52327S and a Plextor PX-W4012A or PX-W1210TA to use.
I’ve read lots of threads in the general hardware forum and also the Lite-On and NEC forum. Something about Lite-On have decent oem firmware support but pickier with media, and NEC having zero oem firmware support but compatible with more brands of media. I also understand that 3rd party firmware support is pretty good for both? If you have any useful info, please feel free to reply. BTW, have you seen anyone that uses as many slashes as me? Poll: slash, comma, colon, or dash? j/k