Was it out of the $30 bin at the MicroCenter off Hwy100 in Minneapolis? <laff> Now you just got to know that the sales staff there knows exactly why those mothers were on clearance-pricing, and they lied through their teeth when I asked 'em why.
Long story short: I only wasted two platters (one data, other ISO-to-DVD) before I figured it out when neither would even appear at all in my laptop DVDrom drive even though they're mounting and playing fine in the Samsung drive. I bounce off Google to here, go "Huh...", pull out the platters and compare them -- and sure enough, the Samsung-burns start a millimeter farther in than everything else.
Bloody motherhumpin' bastards....how in effin Hell do you screw something up like this? Who would release a burner into the marketplace without first testing its product on other drives? And then, when they know there's a problem, unload the things to fast-buck merchants rather than recalling, replacing or fixing them. It boggles the mind -- it's like Dilbertopia. Don't they care at all about their image?
Now thirty bucks plus one more for a pair of plastic coasters is no big deal, but that's only a tenth the cost of my value of the "free time" I've already wasted and have yet to waste wondering what the hell was going on, then returning the %$@$.
Please let me know what out there is reasonable and WORKS in the $50ish range (if anything).