Just posted this in the BenQ forum, so now want to see what Liteon owners think - especially those who have both models
Since this is exactly the same thing I was debating about posting (even down the same drive/fw being replaced), I am gong to ask a few more specifics to hopefully narrow my decision down.
II don't burn video at least yet, nor do I see DL being a concern for me in the near future. Lightscribe will be more dependant on which model of either the BenQ or Liteon I get a better deal on.
What I am burning is a lot of data and slowly but surely backing up 600-700 music CDs I bought in the 80's that are now either non-existent or very hard to find.
The Liteon 1633 did a suberb job ripping, pulling stuff off those older hard used CDs that the my Sony CD burner couldn't. It consistantly did good burns, not great always but good.
I picked up the I/O Magic rebadged DW1670 and couldn't be happier with burn results, but lack of scanning really hurts. I ended up putting the Litey back in and taking Sony CD out for scanning, but the DW1670 isn't impressing me as a replacement ripper for the Sony. And my experience has been that having two from different companies works - what the sony couldn't get the litey usually did and vice versa. Gave me an extra arrow so to speak.
What I am seeing in the forum on Liteon for the newer models & f/w is making me hesitant on the Liteys, but the performance (outside of the burning) of the DW1670 is making me hesitant on the BenQ.