My first writer was a mitsumi CR-4804TE…still have it. Burned about 1000 discs or so still working great, but a bit slow compared to my 24X lite-on’s.
It have lots of features that no other writer from the same time have.
-CD-TEXT( Very few at that time supported it)
-Writing up to 99 minute CD-R media.
-Supporting RAW-DAO 96.
Features that you don’t find on even all the newest writers(plextor, feel ashamed, where is support for 99min media?) :p.
I remember downloading CloneCD 22.214.171.124(first public release) the day after it was released, and the mitsumi was one of the 4-5 writers that worked properly with the first version. YES I’ve used CloneCD THAT long!!!
Backed up all games, no problems. But I remember when I should backup settlers 3(laserlock) it took 74hrs(yes, more than 3 days!) to read the image!! But my backup worked like a charm.
Not many coasters, I remember one particular coaster…I lost the power(electricity) while burning No I won’t blame that one on the mitsumi.
Byside that, good media compatibility, reliable burning, all in all one of my best drives.