I bought a SOHW 832S a few days ago. It’s not as perfect as I thought, getting a few coasters (failed burn with error message), and had difficulties getting PS2 backups to work (out 2 brands of 4X DVD-R I tried, only one brand could get a working copy, and that requires me to use 2X speed). Nonetheless, as I became more familiar with this, I’m slowing getting an idea how to get things done with it.
Then I found that 1213S is out, and it’s even cheaper than 832S! (At least from the shop I buy from) Now the dilemma is, 1213S does not support DL nor 12X with DVD-R’s yet, but a simple firmware upgrade may change everything.
1213S = faster writing, potentially bright future? But also risk that no DL will ever be possible
832S = safe bet, guaranteed DL. But that’s it, no future. Slower burning even@8X (because of the lies of Z-CLV), and only 40X CD-R not 48X
What would you choose if you were in this situation? I know most people will tell me to stay with what I currently have, but I know so well that if, in the near future, the 1213S does prove to have the headroom for every goodness (DL, 12X DVD-R, or even a 16X hack?) it’s going to feel quite bad. Unfortunately, I’m a poor student and can’t afford both, and I want my writer to last for quite a number of years. I don’t use the writer for reading, only for writing discs, so ripping quality is irrelevent.
I’m not in a hurry of writing a lot of DVD’s, either. Even if the writing quality of 1213S is poor in the short term, I can live with it. The question really is, shall I expect Liteon play around with 3S design and create higher end models that differ only on the firmware? Or can Liteon make a 4S anytime soon, and replace 3S?