Summary: We have 2 pioneer 118 series dvd writers and they are sound as a pound. Their replacement ie this model, gave up after hardly any use and it seems I am not the only one to experience a high failure rate. Lead free solder perhaps... but I went for Pioneer for their previous good reputation.
I marked the Pioneer down due to the lack of support and the poor software provided
Mr. Graham E. Jappe, Amazon
24 April 2013
Summary: The Pioneer DVR-S19LBK 24x Internal DVDRW says it has an Up to 24x write for DVD±R discs - take this as a nominal figure assumedly obtained under laboratory conditions as mine has never reached the 24x speeds. This maybe due to the inefficient 2MB buffer memory, come on boys!