Went to a store & got only a Retail (Feb2002) Asus S520A (the Afreey was OEM only) Checked the drive with my Lite-On40125S/S0A, and compared to my other CDRom - a new Acer56x. Well, after just one burn DAE Supernatural(Santana)75min, noticed it took 52 sec less to burn it with Asus (including a new Lite-On fw, too) than with Acer
3.27min vs. 4.19min on Acer gold 16x media (50pak spindle - BBuy)
Anyways, Asus is by far the best built CDRom I've ever seen - down to every detail - in fact it pbly beats most burners out there too.
First time I actually saw a volume wheel well designed & the right size - to fit a larger hand too. The metal headphones jack ring is a nice touch. The tray loading mechanism is tight & smooth (even tho it's a belt driven one !)
To make it short - Asus stays in my puter period.