I’m sorry, but I get a kick out of the way people rush so completely to a new product when it comes out and kick everything else that came before it to the curb. I’m certain, based on the reviews, that the 2500A is a fine writer. But I’m equally certain that, within a few months of having been “out there,” we’ll start to see the requisite amount of complaints and problems that we see for any other drive. We all know that the optical drive universe centers around a few brands, and I suggest that within that group, we’re likely to see the same ratio of good-to-bad drives that we’ve always seen. For those of you who are shopping around for a new drive, you’re clearly not going to go wrong with the 2500A, barring any unforeseen future problems. However, I’m sorry, but you’re also not going to go wrong, in most cases, with Pioneer, other NEC models, Plextor, Benq, or Lite-On, especially if you’re looking to save some bucks and are willing to put up with slower recording speeds. Any new drive is a gamble, and some drives from the above listed manufacturers have been a little dicey - that may yet prove to be the case with the 2500A, or it may not. But all the other drives that were yesterday’s stars didn’t just magically turn to crap just because NEC has released their new 8x DVD writer: give me a break! And another thing. As far as quality is concerned with DVDs, quality testing is in its infancy - to put it kindly - and we’re all relying on ONE TOOL which works only with one particular brand of writer by which to judge everything else. This is hardly a scientific approach to determining write quality - not knocking K-Probe OR the 2500A, just stating the facts. I say if you read the posts on this site and give new drives a little time to “ripen in the market,” clear patterns concerning quality and compatability will appear.