Gristy, NuTech makes their own drives, no clones. They're considered up-and-coming, with some of the fastest write times for +R media out there. Their -R support is average, but they're showing a good commitment in releasing firmware updates on a regular basis. The drives are also competetively priced, at around $100-120. Their earlier drive, the DDW-081 is supposedly upgradeable to the -082 with firmware. With a little hacking, the even earlier DDW-061 can also be upgraded to similar status.