Summary: I've used the older versions of this model, 16x, 20x etc, and they worked great. Hopefully this one was just defective. I hear the Samsung drives are bullet proof. I'm going to try one of those.
Cons: Won't burn compatible CD and DVDs. Very Flaky.
Summary: This is an update from my review on 3/6/2009. It worked at first but after a 50 pack spindle of Verbatim media it quickly started having problems. Reading media was loud and would come and go with the ability to read it properly.
Pros: See other
Cons: Lasted for about 30 days, just past the warranty period for RMA replacement. When I had it, it was loud during reading and would sometimes not read media correctly. Started burning coasters after 30 days as well even though I limit my burn speed to 4X.