I actually like the quality of these label burns. I don't mind the fact that they are in gray scale, especially when you compare them to sharpie pens. There's no way I'm relying on my handwriting to archive the entire dvd collection of a tv series, for example. For everyday burns felt-tipped pens are fine but not for media I plan on keeping long term. The only thing that bothered me was that I didn't see Taiyo Yuden mentioned in their list of approved Lightscribe media manufacturers. HP already has a burner available directly from them for $130 US. If cost is a concern, you know that the cost of these drives will go down when other manufacturers release their drives. I'm not sure how much more Lightscribe media would cost, but I'm sure the premium would be similar to thermal/inkjet surfaced discs. Speaking of, inkjet printer cartridges are a grip (expensive).