Summary: It's great for a budget drive, but it IS a budget drive.
Pros: I've owned this drive since Fall of 2009. It has been rock solid the entire time. I've burned hundreds of discs, without a single coaster(I did use quality Verbatim discs). The discs have PIFs around 0.01! Which isn't too far off from Pioneer burners. The PIE only total around 350k. It uses an NE...
Cons: Not solid enough for archive grade burns Would not use with high grade discs like Taiyo Yuden or especially gold rated archive graded discs.
Summary: these are great to have in camera bag with new granddaughter. They are 30 min so easy to use for new things she is learning use one for Thanksgiving, one for learning to turn over and of course Christmas. Use them in my handy cam and they are excellent quality.