Kenshin, what about the NEC ND-6500A? My problem is I've gotta get a slimdrive for a Dell M60 (essentially a D800). I don't believe the standard slimline drives you can buy from NewEgg will work without taking apart an old D-bay drive and retrofitting the the drive from NewEgg. The only drives 'Dell offers' is the Sony DW-R56A (which I guess is some LiteOn drive rebranded) and the NEC ND-6500A. The Sony requires that you flash the firmware in order to burn DVD-Rs whereas the NEC has no such limitation and burns them right out of the box.
At this point, according to your firmware site there is hacked firmware for the Sony (LiteOn) drive but there is none for the NEC. So for Dell Latitude D-series users, what drive should we buy? Which one offers the best features? Will there ever be hacked firmware for the NEC ND-6500A?
I'm eagerly awaiting your response Kershin!