I've owned a Nec 3500A for just under a year now, and while it has never given me any real problems, I've come across this one disc that has failed to rip and thought maybe it would be time for a change of burner anyway.
My plan was to get a BenQ 1640 for Â£35 delivered and put my nec 3500 on ebay, hoping it will fetch at least Â£20.
Just wondering if this is a worthwhile upgrade (or even possibly a downgrade?), not seen many comparisons between the great 3500 and BenQ's 1640.
From what I gather, BenQ drives overall seem to be less reliable than Nec's (that's just a general opinion of mine with their past drives an stuff), but I haven't seen any 1640's broken yet (maybe it's too early to say), but I saw quite a few 1620s breaking down.
I mainly burn DVD-R's, currently using Verbatim 16x-r MCC03RG20.
+'s I can think of:
-Much faster ripping
-Better reader (from what I've read)
-Much better firmware support and regular updates
-8x burning is a little quicker
-'s I can think of:
-BenQ drives overall in the past have been somewhat less reliable than NEC's.
So I'm unsure of writing quality between the drives and reliability of the 1640 in particular.