Just managed to acquire one of these drives fairly cheap and am having mixed results in the burns.
GOOD/BAD: A lot of media (a mixture of -r and +R) will burn very good up until the 3.5GB mark then go to pot but strangely in the last 2-300MB the burn quality starts to get better, this is damn annoying in the extreme.
GOOD: The biggest suprise I’m seeing is reasonable burns on B-grade (Arita brand) Ritek R03 media, this is burning better than any of my other drives can (the best of which can produce barely acceptable burns).
BAD: Boy the motor on this drive is noisy. Now I’m an overclocker so I’m used to cases full of noisy fans and such but this drive drowns out even them!
BAD: Runs hot, maybe I got a bad example but disks come out hotter than even my speed patched Philips.
BAD: Flimsy tray, havent seen a tray so flimsy on a drive for years, seems like every time I drop a disk in the tray its going to break. All my other drives have far more sturdy trays than this (including some ol LG drives).
BAD: Eurgh, CD burning quality seem to be a little hit and miss and horrible visible rings from the Z-CLV burning, granted I dont burn much audio (or data CDs at all for that matter) but, yuk.
If the quailty at end of the disk can be improved then it would be impressive as on some media upto the 4GB mark I’m seeing total PIF rates under 100! but in the last 300MB they typically sky rocket to over 3000!.