Ok, I’m gonna say some things here that some people may not like, since many people seem to get personal about hardware for some reason. I have told this story before and been flammed stupid (almost as bad as AMD vs Intel, or Nvidia vs. 3DFx). Between me and a friend of mine, we have owned 4 Plextor drives (2x 32xUltraplexes, 2x 8/4/32 Plexwriters). ALL 4 drives have been replaced under warranty, with the eject button on one replacement unit having fallen off already. Looking at the tray and facing of the 8/4/32, it feels exceptionally cheap. Many people don’t believe what I have just said, and have called me a liar, because like I said, people get personal about hardware. Now onto Lite-On. Not my immediate choice for CD recording up until I read some reviews. I also know a couple people with the drive who love it, so I bought one not so long ago. I am very impressed. I ripped a Max Payne image in 5min 19sec, I can burn 99Min CDs at 24x, the 40x playback seems quite fast, and all for £79. So far I’ve burned about 10GB of DivX stuff, plus many other discs with 100% reliablity. I have to say it also has a higher quality feel about it compared to the Plextor it replaced (it also has a smoother eject system). The way I see it, many companies have made dubious products in the past, much like Skoda who now make quality cars. Only time will tell if Lite-On will earn my trust Plextor had their chance on more than one occasion and failed.