Sorry to dig up an older thread, but I'm interested in the PX-880U.
I currently have a PX-716U. When I turn it on, it usually makes a god-awful whining noise for several seconds before quieting down. That's with no disc in it. It also fails to recognize some DVDs (commercial movies) which my father's similar HP drive has no trouble with. It's maybe about 10% of movies I put in that it won't recognize, but always the same ones, so it's not some random error. I don't know what it is about those particular discs that it doesn't like, but it just ejects them after several seconds of trying to read them. Today, it also turned a DVD+R DL disc into a coaster when I was trying to burn some video I shot and put together with iMovie/iDVD. This was the first dual-layer disc I'd ever tried to burn with this drive.
Anyway, I think it's time for a new drive. I haven't given up on Plextor yet, but I suppose that as a Mac user who therefore can't use PlexUtilities, there's really no reason for me to stick with Plextor. Nevertheless, I think the 880U is one of the nicer drives out there, both in terms of specs as well as appearance. (I don't like the look of drives that have different right and left sides, which I guess they do in case you stand it up vertically, but it looks stupid to me.)
It wasn't clear to me whether Plextor US's drives are unique, or if they are actually Lite-On drives in different cases. If Plextors are simply rebadged Lite-Ons, what is the Lite-On equivalent model to the PX-880U?
Are there any drives other than the PX-880U, or equivalent Lite-On, that anyone would care to recommend as being better? I'm looking for an external, full-speed (i.e., not an 8x USB-powered portable drive), LiteScribe-compatible, DVD±R DL burner.
-Justin J. "JJR512" Rebbert
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