I recently RMA-ed my Toshiba SD-R5372, and I am FAR less than satisfied with the performance of the replacement (be it because it is defective or because it is degraded and unable to write my media with few errors ).
Needless to say, I am looking for new DVD burner… I am currently considering the BenQ DW1640, and have also thought about the LiteOn SOHW-1693S (but have not formed a complete perspective of how it’s quality measures up to the BenQ).
What do you guys think?
I’ve changed my priorities around lately, and here is how I see things (most important on top):
- Most important would be high quality writing to DVD and CDs.
- It would be rather important to have Quality testing available (DVDs and CDs).
- It would be nice if I get at good-quality (or above) burns with 16x DVD+R and DVD-R media from Verbatim (with the MCC tags), as well as Verbatim 52x CD-Rs (CMC tag), as I have quite a few of these now and they seem to go on sales every so often.
- A good idea would be decent burning (i.e. able to be read back on most other DVD-ROM drives) of DVDÂ±RWs of the likes of Verbatim 4x DVD+RW and similar quality DVD-RWs (hopefully, the new 6x ones soon).
- It would be nice if it is at least a 2-sheep writer.
Of course, I intend to stay around the $50 price tag (looking at www.newegg.com mostly), and thus Plextor and Pioneer drives might be a bit out-of-reach…
BTW, does anyone know if the BenQ DW1640 is indeed unable to report C2 errors on CDs?! Also, does it pass the 2-sheep test? [I wish a review at CDFreaks was available]
Thx for your thoughts!