I'm looking for a good DVD reader (reader only, I'm not looking at burners). What features especially interested me are good performance with reading DVDs (Video, ROMs, DVD+-R & RW) esp good performance when reading problematic DVDs (damaged, poor writes, poor quality DVD+-R/W) etc. Noise (or the lack of it) is also of interest to me. Performance with all types of CDs (audio, ROM, VCD, CDR, CD-RW etc) and problematic CDs is also of some interest. Reading copyrighted CDs/DVDs is not really of much interest. Reading backup CDs and DVDs is of some interest however.
I would especially be interested in model numbers of any drives mentioned and in specifics esp with regards to whether you've actually tried any other drive or not (ABC rocks or XYZ is the best reader are not really the most informative of statements).
And altho all drive brands are welcome, the four that are of most interest to me are Samsung (cheapest) aka Toshiba, LG (midrange), Aopen (midrange) and LiteOn (most expensive I'm wlling to pay). The Benq is a bit too expensive for my liking.
P.S. I have done some searches but there is a lack of info on LG and altho many people seem to like LiteOn, Benq and Toshiba, there is only limited info on why this is so and there appears to be a concentration on things like ability to read copyrighted CDs as well as absolute read speed differences on good quality CDs (which usually don't vary that significantly) compared to more important issues like ability and speed on poor quality CDs (which often varies quite siginificantly)