Got the 3500AG for christmas, popped it on in the computer, and it just hasn't been performing at advertised speeds. At best, it burns at 2x and though I haven't run tests, I'm reading (as far as ripping goes) as fast as my old dvd burner, an 8x reader.
Is this a common occurance? I've upgraded the firmware to 2.18 with no change in rip or burn speed. The only media i've had access to is this no-name spool of 4x i got from CompUSA - all white, a string of letters around the hole.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.