Right, I’m about to change my PC and thus need recommendations of a reader/writer combo. I would appreciate any help, as it’s getting difficult to choose.
At moment have AOpen 1648/AAP DVD-ROM, NEC 4571A DVD-Writer and original Plextor Premium CD-Writer. These were best of breed at purchase point, however been out of the optical drive route for a while now so what should I go for in new PC?
- Can be either IDE or SATA, whichever best.
- Either DVD-ROM + DVD-Writer or if latter has as good read quality then two of them
- Assume to be region-free under Vista will need AnyDVD (or similar) rather than 3rd-party firmware
- Writing DVD-R, DVD+DL, and CD-R media (Taiyo Yugen or MCC mostly).
Priorities (in order):
READER Tolerant of errors, fast
WRITER Write quality, then long way behind features and speed
Initially research has shown:
Samsung S183 (or 182D) looked ideal but appear to be poor(-ish) at writing to DVD-R media.
LiteOn LH-20A1H (IDE) or 20A1P (SATA) also looked good but then found poor(-ish) at dual-layer writing.
Pioneer 112 - ?
How are NEC/Optiarc now?
BenQ have given up now haven’t they?