...and all I can say is wow. I haven't seen this much improvement in a single FW release EVER.
TS04, Memorex 16x DVD+R (CMC MAG 01) @ 12x (16x was unusably bad):
TS05, same batch of discs, @ 16x:
Certianly not great but a hell of an improvement. Actually makes the things usable!
Granted that's just one type of media...for all I know everything else could've gone down the toliet
My old Samsung TS552 was junk...it couldn't produce a good burn even with MCC & TY media. This drive isn't the greatest, but for $35 it's quite usable if you stay away from the crap media brands (although Nexxtech DVD-Rs seem to produce some pretty good scans...not that those discs will last long).
Samsung seems to be putting some real effort into improving their products. A very good thing, indeed! Even the 18x drive looks promising. If it has better overall burn quality than this drive I may switch (although I'd hate to lose the Lightscribe ablity. I may rarely use it, but this thing does save some wear-and-tear on my precious 1655)...
http://www.samsungodd.com/Lib/popup/Dow ... L_TS05.BIN
BenQ 1655, BenQ 1620, LG 4167, Plex PX-716SA, Samsung SH-S162L, SH-S182M, Pioneer 111D, Lite-On SHM-165H6S and 1.9TB of HDDs to feed 'em and an X2/4800 to crunch for 'em.