Read it first here. It seems that there are Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R drives based on either Ricoh MP5125A or NEC ND-1000A.
And at OfficeMax (US) - http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=60812 $199 or $169?
You can compare the specification of various DVD+RW drives from the following pages.
http://www.dvdplusrw.org/pc/overview.html (1st Gen.)
http://www.dvdplusrw.org/pc/overview_dvdplusr.html (2nd Gen.)
http://www.dvdplusrw.org/pc/overview_next_gen.html (Next Gen. meaning anything other than the original Ricoh MP5120A and MP5125A designs)