Perhaps the wrong question to ask a crowd interested in the very latest of cd writing technology, but I'd like to ask and tap the experience with testing drives for the following question:
I'm looking for burners that can read and write every cd and dvd format under the sun with reasonable speed but most importantly outstanding quality. The budget is around 50 euros (50 dollar give or take the taxes) for a single drive.
What I'm primarily looking for besides price is both writing quality, as media written should have the widest possible acceptance in other drives and last for a while (backups, business samples), and ability to read media written by the widest variety of other drives, and where possible it should laugh in the face of low quality disks, scratches and dirt.
The drive will be used under linux or another unix, so it can't rely on windows software features; cdrecord and burncd will be used instead. Features like lightscribe will be ignored. Features that allow me to ignore regions and other silly restrictions will be welcome but not essential.
I'm not interested in the very fastest. Drives bought tend to stay in service long after their economic lifetime has ended (I'm replacing a 4x speed CD burner. Yes, that old.) so last year's speeds are fine, and it'd be nice if five years on the drive would still just function when needed.
My current system still takes PATA but SATA seems to have the future so a 20 EUR SATA PCI card will probably do the trick of future proofing the investment. Therefore, either PATA or SATA is acceptable.
Of course I'll be doing my own research too, and any suggestion will be checked out carefully in the coming weeks. But to get started: What would you recommend?