Originally posted by rdgrimes
Considering the low cost of these drives, and rapidly changing technology, why would you want one to last for "years"?
But yes, "years" is probable.
Because, for example, my 241040 was a king of drives, great write quality and reliable - I waited for the new Plextors to come out and from initial threads and comments, I was less than impressed. So, I would trust my burner over that of the new drives - especially as the list of supported and major brand media for their newer drive was smaller than before.
New drives may support all kinds of features that I do not want, and as they get cheaper often build quality suffers - just look at all the problems with plextors dvd burners - many recalled, many people having no end of problems, etc - newer is not always better.