Pros: I would write pros but given that it died, only pro is, install it on a system you want to sell otherwise avoid it.
Cons: dies under normal use. indication in windows that it would start to hang the system then the drive tray will stop responding. Front button will open the bay and it would immediately close. Reading of media would not work. You will need to retry several times. Firmware updates are useless.
Summary: Only successfully burned 24 DVD's before it failed! I bought a 30 pack spindle of LightScribe DVD's. I got one coaster in the first 25, then the drive failed. I have tried other brands of discs, other types +R/-R/RW, and I have tried upgrading FW and replacing drivers. Still only makes coasters.
Pros: Has LightScribe. Cheap (both in price and quality). Works OK until it quits working.
Cons: Prone to failure. When it does fail (and it will), it will cost more than it's worth to pay for return shipping. Only successfully burned 24 DVD's before it failed!
Summary: Noticed that a lot of us who've had them a few months have had increased failure rates. Not good.
Pros: Worked stunningly for 2 months. Fastest drive out there.
Cons: Only lasted just under 3 months. No warranty or apparent technical support for the unit. (Though it is OEM, where do we OEMs go when we need to replace a botched set of these things?) Wont read any disk now, just sits there trying to and the light blinks while it locks up my system. Tested 3 mach...
Summary: I can not honestly recommend this to anyone right now giving my short lived experience with it. I know $30.00 is not a huge sum of money but you should definetly get more than 4 months of intermittent use from any DVD drive.
Pros: Worked great for about 3 months
Cons: Started failing 3 months after owning it, Purchased on 3/16/09, completly dead July 4th. After a month of ownership I was starting to getting an insert disc message when trying to play crysis when the disc was in the drive. Never having used Vista until this fresh build I thought it was an OS err...