Got it because it was cheap (39 bucks), and I do most of my burning on my set top recorder.
Just wanted something that I could check MIDs, occassionally copy and run tests.
Also, wanted something that could burn cd's faster.
Not that important to test the PI/PO's. Plus this drive can be flashed for DL.
Why would anyone need a better drive. I know there is speed 8x-16x, but I believe in slower burns anyway. 16x is overkill to me.