hi there. i just got the asus burner. works well with verbatim discs so far. i got the verbatim 8x dvd-r discs.
it's an oem that i got from a local shop.
it's very quiet compared to the liteon 1693s that i also have.
i had to replace a liteon 167t that lasted 3 years for me. it was basically the same price for this asus as it was at staples to get a retail sony ide dvd-rom drive.