Been using my new NEC 3540A OEM since last Wednesay, and its burned every blank DVD media I threw at it. Fuji 8x DVD+R, Verbatim 16x DVD+R, Sony8x DVD+R, and Memorex 8x DVD+R. That was a rare treat for me because I couldnt get any of them to burn on my Plextor 716A. I only had one batch of Fuji 8x DVD+R 100 pack that would work until I ran out of them. And yes I had the latest FIRMWARE installed. I had them all sitting on my shelf because I couldnt get them to work with the Plextor. So I did some checking and read nothing but good reveiws about NEC 3540A, so I order one from Newegg.com for only $41 dollars and $4 dollars for shipping. Heck, I could have bought 3 of them for the price of 1 Plextor. :a So like I said, " I love my new NEC 3540A burner"! If and when it takes a crap like my Plextor did, then I would hate it. But I would only be out $45 dollars instead of $130 dollars plus tax what I paid for the Plextor last fall which is still at the same price today at Best Buy in Fort Wayne, Indiana.