I got one too just over a week ago.
Sensational is the only way to describe this drive.
With stock F/W 1.06 you get very decent 8x burns on TYG01, and MCC01RG20, and very very good burns at 6x on RICOHJPNR01's
Just stay clear of the G04's
I especially like this, as the MCC01RG20's are now available in Spindles of 50 for about $100 AU -- not bad at all for a 8x DVD-R
Some reviews have criticised the read capability of this drive, but I haven't had a problem at all, I suspect that some of the early drives (ie Malaysian ones) had QC issues.
Keep either a Pioneer 121 or a Liteon 166S on your system, these drives are still the kings of ripping!!
-Can't write correct efm
-Can ONLY overburn to 90 mins!
-With the tasty results you get with Princo, LeadData and Media ID001 media, you'll find yourself buying more and more crappy media, and your Film collection will expand rapidly.
-It can't read DVD-RAM discs.
-Terrible support from NEC
-Excellent SUpport from Herrie
Seriously, from someone who owns a 401S, 411S, 811S, DVR106D, and DVR107D, you won't be even a little bit disappointed. The NEC2500 IMO is currently the market leader period.