Thanks everyone for the information.
So I went ahead and bought the drive, and so far I'm pleased. Inspired by your review ~kipper~ I downloaded the nero discspeed tool. I have a question about this...
The "disc quality" tab is greyed out all the time. I read the discspeed guide and it mentioned that LG drives are not necessarily supported. Ok, so that's fair enough.
However the "scan disc" tab is acting strange... by which I mean this: when I go to the scan disc tab for the first time, the "start" button is visible and I can do a scan, but if I go to another tab and return to the scan disc tab, it's always greyed out until I restart discspeed (or eject and reinsert disc)...
This happens with bd-re, cd-r on both 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
If this is just a s/w quirk I'm fine with it, but my main concern is the reliabilty of the scan results....especially given the afforementioned comment about non-LG support. Can I trust the results?
Did you see anything odd like this in your test ~kipper~ ?
Are there any other good free tools for disc/quality tests like this?