I own this drive,he tested on,and i can tell you that the quality of burn does not exceed 18 c1/pi and c2 0 or pif 3.
I do not know how he burned them and at what speed,but the results he got do not represent the quality or lack of it on this drive.
He tested the burning at max speed (probably) on this drive
IBM DTLA 307015 HDD (ATA/100)
and on this os
Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 and DirectX 9.0b.
So as the only hdd present with windows swapping in background and sp1 i can hardly see how can anyone expect to achieve a good burn.
And he finds out hot water with :"We attached the optical drive to the second IDE channel as â€œMasterâ€."
Wow what an achievement.
If he wanted to test the drive capability to write at max speed on a variety of disks,he should have connected another hd as primary slave and burn from it,then the test would look entirely different.
I'm not going to praise 1653,but it's not a crap as all people say it is.
It is a fine dvd burner,and an average cd burner.
And the stuff he wrote about verbatim dvds is utter crap,as i mainly burn on a wide variety of them,and at all speeds.