I want my new burner to be as reliable as possible, so I'm thinking about a Plextor drive, because I'm very impressed with the capabilities of PlexTools software, especially VariRec technology, which, as far as I understand, allows to burn discs more reliably with decreased speed. Since I couldn't care less about the time it takes to burn a dics, it seems like a nice feature to me.
But as far as I know, the recent Plextor drives are just rebranded drives from the other vendors, which are not even supported by PlexTools, so I have the following questions.
1) What is the last "real" Plextor PATA drive?
2) Which one of the "real" Plextor drives is considered the most reliable burner (specifically for DVD+R DL media)?
3) Does the VariRec technology work for DVD+R DL?
4) If I only manage to get the OEM version of a Plextor drive instead of the retail one, will I be able to update the firmware and download PlexTools separately?
Thanks in advance.