Grain wrote:I'm one of the fans of the LG 22N, but LG has been pouring out new drives recently, and you may want to look at a newer model. My LG 42N arrived DOA, so I can't speak to it. The Pioneer 112D is an excellent DL burner, best I have bar none. You won't go wrong with it, as far as the 212D goes, if you are hard up for PATA slots go for it, but I can't see that there will be a performance difference.
Thanks Justin and Grain for your replies. I too seem to get conflicting reports on the LG models. From what I have gathered, the LG burners seem to do an excellent job on good media and a descent job on sub par media. Pioneer on the other hand seems like it does a above average job on a kinds of media, including good media and sub par ones. I however, will not be burning too many DL discs I don't think, so that is not a big issue. But it sounds like maybe the Pioneer is the way to go, because I have heard such good things about the 111D, that I can only assume the 112D/212D will reach the same status after a few more firmware updates. So at this point the only question is 112D or 212D. Now it is really only a $5 or so difference to get the 212D over the 112D, so if that is not an issue, wouldn't I be better of going for SATA? I mean, is there any downfall to going to SATA instead of PATA? Even if there is no advantage thats ok, but is there something that will be taken away by going to SATA, like maybe cross flashing ability, etc? Thanks.