I have trusted your opinions for a very long time. When it comes to this drive...you are pretty much on target...but I have to say that Lite-Ons are also knows for their scanning ability. I have a Pioneer BDR-205 and burn BD-R with it. No matter what I use from Sony, Verbatim or Ritek...this drive gives 0 scores to everything burned. Now I can scandisk til the cows come home and show perfectly burned discs as far as disc surface...but I also did some other testing.
I have a Samsung SH-S223Q, which can scan. I have a Samsung TS-L632D, which can scan and a Benq DW1640, who's reputation speaks for itself. I burn a DVD with my Pioneeer, using Nero DiscSpeed 5 (latest version that comes with 220.127.116.11). Scan with the Sammy 223Q and get a 95. Scan with the L632D and get a 95. Scan with the Benq and get a 97. Scan with the iHES208 and get a 50. OK...so I write it off to an old firmware (drive shipped with 05. Updated to 8L0C and scanned again...0. OK...so now I'm curious. Burn a DVD+R with the Lite-On. Scan with the Sammy 223Q, get a 93. Scan with the L632D and get a 90. Scan with the Benq and get a 93. Scan with the Lite-On and get a 0. Wonderful drive! So now I have a drive that HATES Verbatim (the brand I use most). So I burn a Sony DVD-R 16X. Scan with Sammy 223Q get a 90. Scan with 632D and get a 93, Scan with the Benq and get an 85. Scan with the Lite-On and get a 98. OK...now this is wierd! Hates Verbatim (good brand)...and Likes Sony??? (I have had coasters with these Sony's...bought in bulk from Costco and couldn't give them away...my friends hate them because of the coasters).
long story short...the drive has lousy scanning ability. The drive in ripping BD-ROM DL is snail slow. I wanted to backup Star Trek (latest one), so my son wouldn't butcher the original. Took 1 hour and 40 minutes to rip (granted with compression where fit 30 GB on a BR25, but still. I took the drive back and actually wrote it off as one of the worst drives I have enountered in numerous years. I want a BD-Rom Reader / DVD and CD burner combo...and am awaiting the new 10X from LG (they make decent quality drives...not so sure that quality scanning is a big issue after all this...not even sure that Nero Discspeed is up to the task, correctly, yet! I must share that this drive is a MUST NOT for anyone thinking speed or even getting quality burns out of good media like Verbatim (sorry but they are almost as good as Taiyo Yuden).
By the way...I hope you don't think I am being critical of your review. You were gracious when you gave a 7 for performance...at this point...a 5 is a stretch!