I can’t decide. At first, I was leaning toward the Philips (mostly due to the fact that It’s got impressive specs (on paper) and that it’s the only one of the three that has a “5 Egg” rating at Newegg.
On the other hand, I read somewhere in here in the forums that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be (it’s missing geeky features?).
Last night I decided I should probably go for the Samsung. It’s #2 on PCWorld’s Top 5 Internal DVD drives list (#1 is a LG but it’s LightScribe and I don’t need two LightScribe drives - I just bought a Pioneer R200).
I’ve already got a Pioneer (see above) so I’m thinking I’d like one of another brand (why, I’m not sure…).
But since generally Pioneer drives are so well thought of by actual users, I’m also considering the 112D).
Now unlke the Philips, the Samsung and Pioneer only got “4 Egg” ratings on Newegg.
It’s a toss-up.
I’m sure I can’t got wrong with any of them, but I’d like more imput.
Reading reviews on Newegg is rather amusing when you see a product get both 5 and 2 egg ratings. AS the saying goes, “your mileage may vary”.
BTW, all of them are fast enough to suit me. I never burn at top speed anyway (just on general principles). And anything is faster than what I have now (2004-era DVD burners from NEC and LiteON - both of which are giving me problems - the LiteON has been a pain since day one).