@8T8: Thanks for pointing that out, I must have missed that part of the review.
@pinto2: Well, I'm stumped, I was under the impression that Malaysian drives were performing much better when compared to their Chinese counterparts and Benq therefore used Malaysians for retail. Is it possible that the poor quality control of the Chinese drives has been fixed since the release of the drive? Have you heard anything about that? There is always the old guess and check method from Newegg but I'd prefer not to waste money in shipping them back and forth. I emailed Newegg and asked them to specify the country in which the drive is produced.
@DVD_ADDICT: It is possible Newegg was out of stock and in order to replace it had to buy some retails. The company I used to work for did that because it is better business. Was your old drive from Malaysia or China?