I purchased this drive at the weekend as it was on sale in Maplin, I have found the drive to be a superb one.
I only have one internal burner in my PC, which is the S182D. I have read very good comments on the drive from several people, but because I had no drive to test the findings against, I wasn’t sure. I used to get ludicrous scan results with the 182D, saying PI max of 600.
Here is a scan of a DVD burnt at 4X with the SE-S204N, and verified with the same drive:
Pretty nice scan, and the scan below is the same disc scanned with the 182D:
Also, further positives were found in scans that I made of my old 182D burns, and scanned them with the SE-S204, please bear in mind that I get about 500-600 when I scanned with the 182D.
I’m using the TS01 firmware, but I’m debating whether it is worth upgrading, I will maybe do a few experiments at some point. It seems that both the 182D and SE-S204N are equally as good at burning my expensive DL media, but the SE-S204N is a much better reader, and the 182D is basically no use at all lol.