firstly, am glad to see such a nice forum.
now the problem/question.
I am about to buy a Samsung DVD Writer (SH-S223), but i am confronted with some basic but important questions.
first one is that, as most of u must have already noticed that the model number printed on the drive is ONLY SH-S223 and theres no letter at the far right of this model. when i went to the samsung site and also its odd service site, i could not find this exact model AS the model had suffixes of different letters like b, f, l, q, c and so on. so what am worried is about that i may not be able to update its firmware because its not listed on samsungs site. also what is the difference between these letters? some say it indicates country of origin, some say it designates the firware versions...what is it actually and which one is better?
sencondly its an OEM and comes only with the drivers CD and not even the required cables like sata etc. i wanted to know if its safe to go with an OEM? will there be a difference in the chipset and overall burn quality of a retail and an OEM writer?
and lastly what is the reputation of this drive? i would mainly be doing DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD+R DL. more specifically its the dual layers that am concerned about...