Looking for a new DVD burner. These two drives seem pretty close in features and price, so I could use some help understanding their pros/cons to pick one.
Main uses: Data backups, audio CD’s, Lightscribe labeling, backup some of my DVD movies (the usual). Going into an older PC to replace a CD, so top speed isn’t as important as getting it done with quality burns and good compatibility with media (although I favor Taiyo Yuden).
I’ve read here about the S182-series problems with the lead-in being off, so I’m naturally concerned about that. Does the “M” have a firmware fix yet from Samsung, or is it just the CD Freaks version?
How are LG and Samsung on reliability for their DVD burners? Would prefer not to have to replace it in a year.
Seems to be more info available online for the S182M. I can’t find anything, and I mean anything, online for the LG GSA-H42LI in terms of reviews - it’s like it doesn’t exist. Both are available at Best Buy (not best price, but easy returns). Seems to be good reviews on other LG’s online, but this one is an unknown to me.
Also, faster/easier recognition of media upon insertion is usually good, but not the winning factor.
Appreciate any insight on these, especially if you have one. What’s the good, the bad, and ugly?