I'm kind of a newb when it comes to CDRW drives and CDR media, just know some basic stuff. My first CDRW drive was an HP 8100 a few years ago.
I recently bought (and ended up returning) at Mitsumi 485Gte (54x32x54x). It's media compatability wasn't great.
I've been reading through this great forum, and there is alot of useful information here. My dilemma right now is deciding upon a CDRW drive. My two choices are the Liteon 52327S or LG 8520B. I know I've read throught this forum about some good and some bad of each, but I didn't really find any thread that went into detail about these two head to head.
I don't really care much about the rewritable speed, just more of the write speed, and of course quality or the write.
The Liteon 52327S (reviewed 8-1-2003) scored better on performance than the LG 8520B (reviewed 2-13-2003). The review mentioned that the Liteon was more friendlier to the different kinds of CDR media out there. However, that was back then. What I was wondering from you experts out there, are how the two drives compare against each other with the latest firmware applied (as back when the review was done, the firmware was older).
The media compatiblity: http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=6005
was helpful. It looks like more media was tested with the LG model though, compared to the LiteOn.
I bought a 50 spindle of Memorex 48X 80 mins CDRs (ended up being CMCs), and in the Mitsumi they were only picked up as 40X. And going by the thread, it looks like two of the BenQ drives picked it up as 48x, a Plextor picked it up as a 24x, and Yamaha picked it up as a 40x.
Anyways, I'm getting off topic, so I'll stop rambling. What I basically wanted to know is how the two drives compare against each other (pros & cons) with the latest firmware applied.
Your opinions and help are greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much for your time.