I’ve been trying to decide between buying a Lite-On 812, LG4082 or NEC 2510.
The drive, for boring off-topic reasons, will be the only DVD drive in the case. This will be a one DVD drive system.
I’ve done a search on CDFreaks for “NEC read problems”, read through most of the 104 or so hits, and have read a number of reviews of both the 2500 and 2510. I’m aware of the problems that NEC drives appear to have with reading slightly damaged media, something that the reviews and some posters have reported. I’m also aware that the NEC drives have excellent write characteristics.
I have no need to read any pressed DVD disks. I’ll be using the drive to write the occasional DVDR disk for storing data. The main use will be burning DVDRW disks for data transfer and system backup.
The only thing I’m concerned about is the issue of NEC drives occasionally not being able to read disks that had been burned on the very same drive. I’ve read a few posts complaining about that issue. As you can imagine, it would be a problem if, in a system having only the 2510 drive in it, the 2510 weren’t able to read a backup DVDRW disk that it had previously burned.
Has that issue been resolved? Was it due to defective drives that were RMA’d and returned or did it only occur on particular brands of media? Has the problem been fixed with new firmware or is the issue still open?
If you already have a 2510, in your experience, would you choose to make it the only DVD drive in your system?