I'm planning to buy a black DVD-ROM drive, and hesitating between the Asus E616, the PX-116 and the Toshiba SD-M1802, the only problem with the last one being that I'm not sure that i will be able to find one (it has to be black and it seems that the black version of this model is very hard to find).
I read on this forum that the PX-116 was a rebadged Pioneer drive (I think i read that the black version was a rebadged DVD-121), and that the old ASUS drives were good but the newer ones were rebadged Pioneers again... Since I own a Plextor PX-W5224A burner that works well when it comes to DAE or protected-CSs copying, the main use for the DVD would be watching and ripping DVDs. In the past i've had 2 Pioneer drives (DVD-105S and DVD-120S) that worked well for these purposes (or at least it seemed to work well for me, since people here don't seem to like Pioneer drives very much), so the fact that the Asus and Plextor drives are in fact rebadged Pioneer drives doesn't bother me that much. One thing that is very important to me is that the DVD doesn't make too much noise while reading DVDs, and since Pioneer drives are not what i call silent, I was hoping that the speed of the Plextor drive could be reduced with the Plextools. The problem is that at the end of this post, it is said that the drive can't be slowed down by the software, but on this page plextor says that this drive is supported. So I'm wondering what exactly can be done to the drive with the plextools, speed reducing, single-session mode... So if anybody who has this drive could do the test i would be very thankfull.