Hmm, checked more into that and it seems I was wrong about the pressed CDs, the drive does recognize them quickly. The drive also recognizes other types of CDR media properly.
It seems the problem is only in recognizing some types of CDR media.
I'd understand low burn quality for blank media it can't detect the type of (and thus the burning strategy to use for that media), but why doesn't the drive recognizes the CD for reading???
Seems like a bug in the drive's working methology.