Ian wrote:I'm guessing the 1653S doesn't have the new laser. If it did, wouldn't it make sense to advertise it as a 16x16 drive?
I also know for a fact that one manufacturer is releasing a firmware update that will give their drive 12x -R and 4x DL writing speeds... and its based on the 1633S.
Guess someone will have to get one and look inside.
My info is that the 1653 will have a different revision of the same laser as the 1633, and the 1673/1693 will have a still different variation and will be 8x/6x RW capable. All 3 are supposed to be 16x -R capable.