Thank you, vroom. This MID gives very good DQ and jitter results on all my drives. The 3x burning speed caught me by surprise too, but as you noted the 8x burns are quite good. There are a couple of things that I don't care for about the drive, however. First are the small metal balls that serve as feet on the bottom of the drive - I worry that the drive might move around on whatever surface you put it on. Second, the supplied USB cable (which requires two USB ports) is short, forcing you to keep the drive within about 8 inches of the computer. That's probably ok for use with a notebook, but could be awkward when using it with a desktop. I got around that by using the cable that came with my SE-506AB.