Be careful with the new MadDog burners; they have switched from NEC to Artec for their 12x writer. I have the BTC burner; I agree with the view that Wesociety expresses. I only paid $50 2 months ago for it. It is a great reader of both cd's and dvd's. It is a great cd writer. For the price of a combo drive, I viewed the dvd writing as a "bonus feature." It produces variably usable discs on DVD+R media written at 4x.
1- You get what you pay for.
2- If you just want to dabble, it's not terrible.
3- I buy a new optical drive every 6 months, and will be happy to swap this one out.
BTC 316c 16x dvd-rom
HP 7200e (retired)