First of all, I would like to say that I appreciate the Club CD Freaks forums - I've narrowed my decision down to a BenQ-type drive - in large part due to the posts on these forums (as well as reviews at CD Freaks, CDRInfo, and Tom's Hardware)! Now... which one?
I have seen many posts about a DW1620, a DW1620A, and a DW1620A Pro drive... are all of these really different? And, if so, in what way? I have not seen any DW1620A Pro drives in my online searches.
Specifically, as I'm ready to buy now, should I buy one of the rebranded drives: I/O Magic, Nu Technologies, or Phillips or... a "true" BenQ drive? And, if a "true" BenQ drive - which one (DW1620, DW1620A, DW1620 Pro)?
Also, I checked the BenQ website for where to buy their branded drive and I see several DW1620-0C2's listed and one DW1620-0C3 listed. Assuming this is newer hardware (even if only slightly), wouldn't it be best to buy this? I mean, which would you recommend?...
1) Buying the cheapest that I can get my hands on such as an OEM drive, re-branded or otherwise, without knowing any details about the specific hardware version for say, under $70.
- OR -
2) Buying a "true" BenQ (Retail) with the lastest hardware version that I know of for about $85 or so.
Am I just over-analyzing this (I always do - this is part of my research... I'm a perfectionist ).
I appreciate any and all feedback.