Interestingly, the BenQ does not seem to be available in the UK.
I’ve just looked in 6 online shops and not one had it listed. I found the BenQ-1625 but for a higher price than the 740 and the NEC (which is cheapest).
In fact I’m thinking maybe I should get another NEC and see how that works. Only one other person here has had my particular experience and my unit was one of the first, so later batches may be better?
I don’t want the plextor yet because they’ve just launched a new 16x slot loading drive that would be perfect except for the fact that in typical recent plextor fashion, the model is in ‘alpha’ testing state. In 6 months it could be great though.