That is what I have seen after checking other people's experiences of them.
At the very least they are inject printable so have some protection from marker pens. I always disliked inkjet printable disks but now knowing they offer some protection from inks in marker pens my dislike for them is less.
My own experience with Philips is with Vinpower and Optical Quantum branded discs. I am rather hesitant to purchase any more of these. Here is an average burn out of three 10 disc spindles :(. Several burns were not readable.
Unfortunately I don't have a way to do a quality test. I did a successful verification after the two burns that I have done so far but I am very doubtful about the disks.
The transfer rates tests look okay and don't have the problems that you seem to of had. I have had to do these with my Pioneer BDR-206 as I have no other Blu Ray capable drive.
The reliability of the disks is a concern as I had planned to use Blu Ray as a backup method because of the larger capacity.
These Aone disks cost around Â£8 for 10 and can be purchased for as little as Â£7.39.
What is the riplock speed set at on your Samsung? The samsung drive costs a lot less than the Liteons, the Liteon drives approach close to what my Pioneer writer cost me and I don't want to be shelling out again just for scanning. However the Ripping option might be used at some point in the future but it's a lot extra to pay out.
Samsung SH-B123L Â£42.99
LiteOn iHES208 Â£87.69
LiteOn iHBS112 Â£79.99 but this is also a writer
Pioneer BDR-206DBK Â£103.12 The drive I have
So you can see there is a very big difference in prices.
So what are the Ripping speeds of the Liteon drives compared with the Samsung before and after riplock is removed?