i have had this nec2500a(hacked firmware making it a DL drive) since it came out and now it is having trouble reading media, any type, even pressed dvds. i have probably read/burned at least 1000 dvds on this piece of equipment and it is showing its age. it is to the point that i need to read any type of media on my wifes t42 dvd-rom drive and then transfer the files over to my machine since she only has a rom, not a rw.
my requirements are not too many, i can get media from costco, sams club, best buy, compusa, basically anywhere i can find the "made in japan" stuff. drive sound is not an issue and the optical drive will not be used in an enclosure. my main goal is for it to create dvds that can be read by a vast variety of home set dvd players along with pc drives. i use premiere and encore for creation, along with dvd-decrypter, dvdshrink and nero 7.x for my backing up. no xbox or ps2 stuff.
i have read around here and it appears the the benqs get good results.
i guess my only main requirement is that the drive is black, thats about it. i have a choice of the anything on this page that is ~$50US or less (oem as i have any software that is needed along with cables, etc) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010100005+1036506653+1038406818+1038206813&Subcategory=5&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=&ATTR1=&ATTR2=&ATTR3=2010100005+1036506653&ATTR4=&ATTR5=&ATTR6=&ATTR7=&ATTR8=&ATTR9=&ATTR10=&ATTR11=&ATTR12=&ATTR13=&ATTR14=2010100005+1038406818&ATTR15=&ATTR16=&ATTR17=2010100005+1038206813
i have read good reviews around here on the benqs, but if you could verify that the 1655 is a good drive, then i will get it. lightscribe is something i will probably never use, but no biggie as i can't get a 1650.
last, i have no brand loyalty as i like to get the best bang for the buck and with optical drives, the quality of burn is important so that customers with many different types of readers, either pc or home players can read it.
thanks in advance for you knowledge and assistance with this matter,