Originally posted by shawndubb
[B]These drives are becoming dirt cheap in comparison to the DRU510a's, memory media has them for 169$ shipped if you mention pricewatch, no software/whitebox....
worth purchasing? the thread about the nec's seems to have died on the 14th and I need some negative/positive feedback on these before I order one thinking i'm saving money [/B]
As long as you understand the pros and cons of this model, I'd say this is a good buy. This is basically a +R/W burner with -R/W function, and its official firmware is notorious for not burning most cheap -R discs up to 4X. If you only buy quality (meaning expensive) brands of DVD-R discs or mainly burn +R discs, then this a pretty good choice. There is plenty discussion of this model at the firmware page website and hacked firmwares are available to improve the -R writing performance. Otherwise, consider other brands of dual format, such as Pioneer or Optorite. Pioneer is the only brand which seems to burn all brands of DVD-R discs up to 4X.
The reason this model is so cheap is that NEC wants to grab the market share as much as possible before Taiwan and Koren manufacturers enter the competition. Lite-On apparently delayed its entry in the dual format market due to technical difficulty encountered in the DVD-R(W) field. It recently in Taiwan showed an external version of a dual burner which is actually the OEM of NEC ND-1300A, further evidence that we won't be seeing Lite-On's own version of dual format burner in the near future.