Originally Posted by kdf
I remenber that BENQ was the drive that supported all the tests on Opti Drive but at the time I did not get a massive YES response to BENQ on Gearslutz, so I have not taken it further yet. Any new developments???
Benq drives haven't been manufactured since 2006 so you are unlikely to find any new ones now. They were a cheap alternative to Plextor as they could also be used to error check discs with the right software - that's why they were recommended for use with Opti Drive Control.
Unfortunately, optical drives are commodity items nowadays and there just isn't the demand for anything better. It seems that even Plextor can't justify the continued production of the Premium2 as it has now disappeared from their current web pages.
If I was buying something right now I would probably look at Pioneer drives for burning and try to find an old Plextor that can read, but longer burn DVD's for error checking. Drives often lose the ability to write discs long before they stop reading discs as the laser power required for writing is much higher.