HP740Ve

I’m considering purchasing an HP740Ve as it is the only external dvd burner with lightscribe technology and 8x DVD+R DL (likewise the only internal I can find is the HP740Vi). However, the $149.99 purchase price is a bit steep. Does anyone here have this model and can tell me if it’s any good? Also, am I not searching hard enough for cheaper or non-HP brand dvd burners with the specs I want?

I have a 640v external and its excellent:) HTH:)