My BenQ800 model is dying and I try to find something equivalent w/ lightscribe (I have hundreds of HP lightscribe DVD+R and would like to use them) if at all possible. I have excellent result with this BenQ drive during 3 years period. It ripped and burned DVD movies amazingly fast for a 8X and write reliably on almost any DVD+R media with exception DVD+R Printable Ritek. I try to look for another BenQ such as DW-1655. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate any BenQ drive after several days of searching the net. After searching and reading many reviews I end up with the following selections:
- Pioneer DVR-111D
- Nec AD-7170
- Samsung SHS182M/BEBN
I find mix review for the Samsung. Users at pricegrabber highly recommend it; however, the review from extrememhz (http://www.extrememhz.com/shs182m-p11.shtml) stated otherwise "...the DVD double layer write performance is questionable as it seemed to struggle quite a bit with the +R format, even when using the highest quality media available."
I have bad experience from LiteOn standalone and LG notebook DVD recorder. LiteOn recordable media DVD+R (no name brand, Sony, Memorex, Ritek) can not be read on any of my DVD player (Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic). There is no sound and the pictures are jittering. LG seldomly used on my Dell laptop broke down (recorder only) after a year or two. So I prefer to stay away from these brands, unless I have absolutely no other choices.
So if it were you, which one will you pick Nec, Pioneer or anything else which can do the aforemention job?
Any comments to make my purchase decision easier would be greatly appreciated.