If the option still exists, maybe a mod could split these technical questions off into the CD and DVD Writers forum? Sorry, I probably should have just posted there in the first place. Thread title: “Suggestions for a DW1655 replacement?”
If it’s not too late, I would go for the Samsung SH-S202J (even though it’s PATA and no Lightscribe), or search out a SATA version with Lightscribe (SH-S203N/P). Got 2 20x Samsungs myself and they are great all rounders - excellent DVD & CD writers (better jitter than my new Plextor Premium-U), excellent readers of damaged CDs & decent DVD scanners. But don’t get a 22x or 24x Samsung (unless you only want to use it for reading).
The perfect companion for a Benq (can only fit 2 drives in my case), been using that combination for over 2 years.[/QUOTE]
I haven’t ordered quite yet. I have been digging though threads and scan results for the last couple of days now. Thanks for the suggestion, but if I’m going to order online I think I may just end up going with the Optiarc AD-7241S since it gets such high praise around here. I do a fair amount of DL burning so that is important to me and apparently that drive is the king of DL burns. I’ll just keep my 1655 in my computer for scanning.
Although, I just spent the last while looking at scans of DL media from the Optiarc AD-7240S/7241S/7243S Results & Discussion thread and besides the one (almost abnormally perfect) burn on MKM003’s by vroom, the drive didn’t seem that special at DL compared to some of the other recommended drives kicking around. I only will feed my burner MKM001/03 DL media by the way.
Anyway I hope to come to a final decision in the next day or so. I’ll probably dig around a bit more tomorrow at work.