What's the best drive out there now?

I’m replacing my Plextor PX-716A. I’m looking for a new drive that has the best compatibility with most blank media.

As there are MANY other threads devoted to this exact, yet simple question – there is no really simple answer. Have you done many searches though?

Based off of CDFreak’s TOP 5 Drives For Spring of 2007 your best bet (for compatibility purposes) is prolly gonna be the

-BenQ DW1655
-Lite-On SHM-165P6S
-Pioneer DVR-111D

but in no particular order of course.

Read up on the reviews for them… they’re full of information!

I would say the Pio 111 :slight_smile:

I can’t hear BenQ anymore. The BenQs are mostly old hats and very overrated, as [B]Dee[/B] put it. :smiley:

I would maybe recommend: LG GSA-H22N (and its successors), LiteOn LH-20A1P (chances are that some firmware upgrades may fix the bugs) - or maybe even the Pioneer 11[B]2[/B] (but not the 111 anymore).

The 716s were very good drives, I just got one a few days ago :slight_smile:
Maybe I’ll get another one.

is the Lite-On LH-20A1P better than LG GSA-H22N? or is it too early to say for the lite on considering firmwares etc?

This depends on what you want to do.
If you want just burning, then the LG GSA-H22N is ok.
If you want quality scanning, learning mode, and stuff to play with, the LiteOn A1 series will be more fun for you.