I too am a newbie and just in about the same boat as the original poster.
I am looking for high quality burner for DL media, and thats just about it nothing else matters not speed or even how loud it is. It seems that most people recommend the Pioneer 111, however the only reason I have been a little hesitate on buying one is because I have seen a few online reviewers who said its quality wasn't all that great. I saw lots of other recommendations for older drives such as the DW1640 & DRU-810A. However these are pretty hard to find plus I would assume there would be newer and better ones out by now.
In short I just need a high quality burner for DL, thanks.
I have some NEC dvd drive in my dell from a couple years back, would this along with a good program be good enough to backup some of my dvds? I obviously would just use this to read the dvd, not write, or would it probably be better to just use my new dvd burner to read and write? Anyone got a good program to recommend?
Also, is there a good (aka cheaper) place to find verbatim media? I was going to get some sony dual layer media because it was going on sale starting tomorrow but sounds like everything else sucks.
Sorry for all the questions but I had to ask. The thing is the more I read the more questions I get.
EDIT: Almost forgot, it seems that there are different versions of the 111, is there any real difference I should be aware of? I really would not like to have to flash the drive.