I came back after a long absence to discover BenQ DVD drives are basically gone? Yikes!
I’ve had a BenQ DW1620 for nearly 2 years (I think it’s been that long). It’s still burning like the day I bought it, but it’s the only drive I have. I depend on it so much that I decided to consider a second drive as a backup, and now it seems, after searching here, that most of the really great drives we knew a year or two ago are gone, and BenQ is selling out!
I’m not impressed by what I read about the recent drive offerings (one might even say concerned).
What’s a guy to do?
I’ve read that some BenQ DW1655’s are around in re-badged form (pricey, can’t handle rebates), and I find a ‘while supplies last’ deal on a BenQ DW1655 for $42.
At the same store there’s some NEC 3550A’s for $30, and I recall many thought this was a great drive, and some think the NEC’s of that timeframe were reliable for even longer.
My 1620 has been really good to me; as in astonishing. That bends me toward the DW1655 if they still have one.
I’m pinching pennies, though (my son’s in chemo, doing well) so I’m here to ask.
Is the NEC 3550A about as good a purchase as the DW1655?
I have no intention to use the lightscribe feature.
I’ve been burning ProDisc 8x +R’s and TY 8x +R’s, but just picked up 200 TYG02 -R’s (all from Rima). I use (about 20) RiData 4x +RW for some temp data stuff.
Has the focus on Blu-Ray screwed up the market or something?
Why do I read things about most of the newer drives that make me shudder?