Today I received and installed the 4167B, and I upgraded the firmware to D12. So far the drive is working all right. The only real disappointment is the time it takes to read a CD, and I think it may be somewhat slow on reading DVD. I am comparing it to my Plextor drives. The spin-up time takes really long on reading a CD; otherwise, aside from a somewhat slow read on DVD, the drive is fine–so far.
Considering the cost of this drive versus Plextor, I would say it is definitely worth half the price
However, I must say that my Plextor drive is more of a joy to use because it reads faster while still maintaining quietness. Nevertheless, I am content with the LG as I didn’t want to spend the money for another Plextor.
One advantage I find with the LG over Plextor is burning is faster because I don’t have to run Plextools first before burning to get that Power Record function, and the LG burns surprisingly fast.
Still further, the packaging of this LG drive was not as well protected as Plextor, and the manual is on a CD as opposed to a booklet from Plextor. However, when one considers the price difference, and the nice speed burning, the LG 4167B is certainly an excellent value.