TheWizard wrote:To answer some of your questions, aznmidnite:
The media compatibility for LG drives is just as good as Lite-On, if not better. The only sputters worth mentioning that I have seen are with some Lite-On drives and CMC media. Case in point, the LTR-52246S choked on Imation CMC discs rated 24X, 32X, and 40X. Are CMC discs the best? No, although I expect better results with Imation discs as they are some of the better CMC discs out there.
I do know that LG will honor the warranty with OEM drives. LG gladly accepted my broken OEM GCE-8320B and sent me a replacement drive. Since several people have documented that Lite-On's tech support is not very good, you may not be able to get an RMA# if you can't contact them. The chance that you'll receive a lemon drive is not high at all, but in case you are worried, order from a reputable vendor (like Newegg.com) that will send you a replacement drive hassle-free. That way, you can totally avoid Lite-On and go through the vendor for warranty issues.
While this post seems biased toward LG, it is only because I am a die-hard LG supporter, as stated before. The fact of the matter is, you can't go wrong with either LG or Lite-On. If I was in your shoes, I would pick the LG simply because it is a few bucks cheaper than the Lite-On. Speaking as a recent college graduate without a job, I could put the few bucks I saved on the drive toward more important things like FOOD!
cfitz wrote:Take a look at a comparison of a good 52327S (drive 0) to one I rejected as having insufficient quality (drive 1 - the first one of which I spoke in the last paragraph):
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cfitz771/ ... ults_1.htm
As I said, I still like a lot things about Lite-On drives, but I am just a bit gun-shy about their quality control.
TheWizard wrote:Media media media
It's the answer to about 90% of people's inquiries on these forums. Sure, the Lite-On produced less errors than the LG with certain media, but I guarantee there is other media that produced less errors in the LG than the Lite-On.
TheWizard wrote:You know what I think you need to do, aznmidnite, purchase BOTH drives! You already exclaimed more than once that you can't decide. So, be on the fence no longer! Take the plunge and get both the LG and Lite-On!
aznmidnite wrote:Darn it.......should I just flip a coin?
aznmidnite wrote:Btw, as far as media compatibility I know there is the media compatibility thread, and the reviews of the drives, but have they been updated recently?
casey wrote:LG rocks,
I have LG8520, 8523 & 8525 (the only drive I fit to PC's I Build) and the build quality is tops. Quiet, solid, excellent tray mechanism and very, very quiet when burning.
I.M.H.O. far better fit and finish than any Liteon I have come accross.
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