Is there some way that we could have a sticky post in this forum that would be a current listing of the best burner hardware? Every time one of my burners dies, I end up having to spend hours looking through cdfreaks.com forums trying to find current listings of the best drives.
If I just search for "best burner" I get posts from back in 2004, 2005, 2006... those were great posts and I used them five, four, and three years ago when I bought the best burners at that time.
You all know it's not always the latest version of a trusted brand that is best. I recall reading in one post a few months ago, that the Pioneer 116 wasn't as good as the Pioneer 115. Just when I was about to buy a 115, I gave my DVD burner another try and it burned several disks without a coaster, so I abandoned my purchase. Well, now the 115 is not available from newegg anymore and my burner is making only coasters. I've spent more than an hour searching for a recent "best burner" post and have only found one that only included one person's opinion.
There's a forum for digital TV converter boxes where they have a poll in which they ask members to vote on the best and worst hardware. The moderator keeps a sticky post up-to-date with the latest results.
Couldn't we have something like that here? Ideally, older models would fall off the list, or maybe the list could be sorted in terms of the introduction date of the drive, that way, the older drives would be at the bottom of the list and folks interested in purchasing a drive would start from the top, buying the one nearest the top with the most positive votes.
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