I've been thinking about this for a while and now decided to post it ...
Which US/PAL PS2 model is prefered by most users here ?
These are the units I know well of or had a chance to open and look
SCPH-30001 V1/V2 (V2 is same mobo just diferent bios)
SCPH-30001 V4 (There's a version with updated bios 040 but DVD 1.30u)
SCPH-30001R (Bios 040, DVD 2.10u)
SCPH-35001 V5 (Bios 040, DVD 2.10u)
SCPH-39001 V6/V7 (Bios 040 or 050 in a sinlge no gap big chip)
(I know nearly nothing about PAL units, btw ....)
Even being a old unit and the worst nightmare of all modchip installers I must say that my favourite unit is the SCPH-30001 V1/V2, because of a unique feature it has: The self adjusting azimuth control for diagnosis mode. That makes the unit really good to watch DVDs and read DVDr copies.
It's a small stepper motor which spins the white cog in command of the DVD drive, getting then a specific adjust for each disc. That's a very good feature for people who use the PS2 as DVD player and game for saving space....
Nice stuff on other units :
30001R or newer have updated DVD drivers with built in support for remote controller. No waste of space on memcards.....
39001 or newer have the latest DVD drivers and nice solder pads for easier modding .... (weren't sony supposed to make things harder to mod installers ?)
Feel free to jump in and add yout thoughts to the thread ....