It was a close choice for me, I was looking at the Asus e616 or a Pioneer 106 (i think) at newegg. The slot load pioneer looked nice, but it would have looked funny next to the 48x writer (lite-on) i ordered at the same time. Plus the Asus had easy region reset, and 512k buffer. i havent gotten it yet, but i suspect i will be happy with it. To those who already have it, does it come with dvd playing software? This is my first DVD drive so i dont have any, and i will need some. i also just ordered a visiontek ectasy ti500, does that come with it?