you are asking for the impossible.
However, if you only want one drive, then I suggest:
Plextor PX-716A, BECAUSE it can plot jitter data (i.e. lower level signal measurement than just causal errors)
BenQ DW1620, because it can also (to a more limited degree) plot data-to-clock jitter data.
There is no hope for you in finding a single drive that is reliable for testing.
Drives can only be considered reliable testers for themselves. That is, if you test in Unit A from maker B, using model C, then the test will be reliable for that particular unit.
That's all there is to it.
thanks for the feedback.
however i'm not
asking for the impossible.
i didn't ask for a drive that would reliably test any media under any circumstance.
i just asked what, in your opinion, is the most useful drive?
i understand the limitations and shortcomings of such testings. especially using just one drive.
however i do feel that some
testing, even using just 1 drive, is better then nothing at all... maybe i'm wrong?
the Plextor is too expensive
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie
M.C. Escher - Reptilien