I have to say this: matsushita is who make the burners ok from the beginning of the technology (at the early stage) and yes, it’s true that “you stand a better chance of being hit by a meteorite than getting a Matshita/Panasonic firmware update” i have to admit it. But I had the best compatibility from panasonic/matsushita drives (DVD burners at least) specially when i had to burn mediocre (crappy) cheap blank media.
Believe me smething, mate: Both crappy and medium quality media had horrible PIE/PIF scans when I burned with LiteOn, Samsung (mediatek), LG (renesas), except with Pioneer (NEC) or Optiarc (NEC too) … this was hundreds of burnings and scans with multiple combinations of Chipsets, Brands of media, different firmware configurations, testing between MID from each blank media I put my hands on, and testing burns with each speed possible.
All this long and sad story to tell you: If in my country were possible for me grab that ‘‘bad choice’’ UJ240, I would buy at least three units for sure, with my eyes wide shut. One more word to say: I remember reviews from Sony burners (both DVD and BD) at very early beginning being built with chipsets from Panasonic/matshita, selling it at crazy prices and then change to Mediatek chipsets (lite-on rebags) cutting prices down and “working hard” coding a bunch of Firmware updates only to keep having horrible mediatek (LiteOn or Samsung) scans with my budget and ‘medium quality’ media (i.e. GSC003 - MaxMax brand 8x -R, CMCMAG??? 16x -R, and some TaiyoYuuden Fakes like the Picasso brand I have found in a ‘ChiTown’ mall in my city (Valencia -Venezuela-) all burned and scanned at every possible speed ) and having reading errors when played on consoles or movie players.
Yes, I know I am guilty for buying that pieces of sh*t. I swear I would buy all the premium Verbatims and Taiyo’s you want me to grab, but I’ll just say the vendors treat me like I was some kind of alien when I mention brands like these.
None of this happens when I recorded those ‘cost effective’ discs with panasonic/matsushita drives. I understand that the best many users can get is Pioneer (NEC), Optiarc (NEC), Plextor (NEC) etc, when it comes to DVD, and I totally agree with them. Still, as user of all these units, I regret not getting matsushita chipset units as easily as I would like.