I'm new to these parts, and addmitedly not more than a novice in the burning world (although quite the expert on other aspects of the PC world...)
Anyhow, I'm the current holder of a x8x8x24 Int. SCSI Yamaha drive, and looking to upgrade to an Int. IDE/ATAPI drive.
I've looked the forum and Ian's reviews of the latest and greatest x52x24x52 models, and I'm looking for a helping hand in finally deciding on a CD-RW of choice.
My shortlist ocnsists of the following drives:
1. Samsuns SW-252B
2. ASUS CRW-5224A
3. LG GCE-8520B
4. Lite-On LTR-52246S
5. Sony CRX220A1
and another option is the Plextor PlexWriter PX-W4824TA...
Now, as far as I could see, most ppl favour the LiteOn, but I was rather intrigued by the samsung's 8MB buffer - is it really that much of an advantage when all drives our fitted with some sort of Buffer Underrun protection systems (like LiteOn's Smart-Burn...)?
Anther consideration is price (which also why the Plex isn't shortlisted, since it's exactly twice as much as any of the others cost!) - I can get the Sony for approx. $50, while the rest go for about $60-70...
I'm not one to make a big deal out of a measly $10, but if the sony's to par with the rest of the lot, why not save a few meals
By the way, the quoted prices are based on the Israeli market, and are the best I can come up with within my country of residence...
So, any real world experience with these drives will be greatly appreciated! as you can see I'm more prone to the LiteOn or Samsung, but your opinions matter greatly in my final decision (and I already own Nero 5.5, so it's not a huge plus as far as I'm concerned)
Also, I'm not a factory-grade burner, and mostly make copies of my purchased music CDs and PC games, plus the occasional MP3 compilation for my car CD/MP3 player, and the occasional hard drive backup (although not that frequently - every 6 months or every time I get below 1 GB of free space - and that's only because it takes less time than upgradin my W2K 20GB system to a WinXP on an already purchased 40GB drive...)
Furthermore, I almost never use CD-RWs, since I haven't yet found an excuse to utilize them (I do have 2-3 medias at home though...)
Thanks to all who intened to reply - may there be plenty of you!