Flashing F/W question for NEC 3500A

I got burned last year with Optorite DD0203 firmware and wondering if anyone with NEC 3500A has had any problems. My new burner will arrive in a few days and I’'m sure it will not have the latest firmware. Just wondering if there are any horrer stores or tips?

The ND-3500A/G usually arrives with firmware 2.16 installed. This firmware is fine until you get used to the drive. 2.18 is the latest firmware for the drive and countless un-official modified ones.
My advice would be. Get used to the drive first, burn a few discs, then take a look at the NEC forum here on cdfreaks and then judge if you need a firmware update or not. Keeping in mind, an un-official firmware will void your guarantee.