Summary: Servicable and dependible. What more could one want?? Well, "LightScribe". Precious little information on it, the software for it, instructions to operate it, and on and on in this boring vein - but it burns disks well and plays them back well and generally behaves as advertised - but LightScribe?? (Phooey!!
Summary: i bought my hp writer less than one year ago and it has failed to read any disc. the worst part is: DEALING WITH THE HP PEOPLE. THEY ARE THE WORST. NO KNOWLEDGE WHATSOEVER. I WILL NEVER GIVE A PENNY TO HP AGAIN IN MY LIFE. I DO HOPE HP GOES BUST AND SOON. i have now purchased a samsung dvd writer to replace that hp piece of junk and am happy with it. hp quality is truly lacking in quality and if all of you are smart, do not invest any money in hp products.
Summary: I've had this excellent drive for a few months now and I am impressed. It could just be the fact that I have an excellent quad-core 2.8ghz processor to accompany this thing, but this thing doesn't make coasters (dead/failed discs for the lay person). It was very inexpensive and the fact that it has LightScribe and dual-layer compatibility built-in is wonderful. Great product!
Summary: The drive was pure excellence while it lasted. I did a Windows Update and it had malfunctioned ever since. I could not find the matching firmware on HP's website. I contacted HP and they said "THERE IS NO FIRMWARE FOR THIS DRIVE." Anyway, this is an IDE drive. If you have SATA ports on your motherboard and a power supply with SATA power, do yourself a favor and GET A SATA DVD BURNER!!! ITS WAAAAAY FASTER!!! You'll be happier than a fat kid in the candy store.
Summary: The HP DVD 1040i is truly wonderful. It has worked since the day I bought it. If people are experiencing difficulties with multiple drives, please make sure that one drive is set to MASTER and the other is set to SLAVE. This product was set to master when I got it and I was experiencing problems as well, but when I uninstalled the drive and set it to SLAVE, it was like nothing ever happened, and everything was working perfectly.