No, as daft as I am, I did not fall into the "AAP fw flashing on to pro" trap.
I read that thread before buying and so double checked which drive version I got when they arrived. Then double checked the fw before flashing and everything matched up okay. The drive is by no means awful now, it's just not as good as it was prior to flashing.
I had heard so much hype about this drive, I just expected it to better than it was. I think it has a few kinks that need ironed out.
It rips fast but you need to check everything afterwards as I have noticed a few VOB's with errors. Even although dvd decrypter reported a successful, error free, transfer. This has only happened once but I'm just a bit cautious now. Certainly never happened with my NEC's. Maybe speed isn't everything.
Still having said that, I would still prefer the 1.00 fw for faster ripping. The error correction may not be great but I can always check ripped content later with clone dvd, it only takes a minute.
Also, I think the Pro version is probably the only version you can get now...