When it comes to building a PC, never eve scrimp on an optical drive. Last thing you want to have is a near-perfectly built machine with new, efficient components that are let down by a slow, clunking disk drive. Luckily for me, this drive doesn't fall into that category. It might not be the quickest or the most silent, but I've certainly noticed no drawbacks, so no complaints from me.
This item was NOT an O.E.M brown box version, but a full retail version with colored bezels (Silver, Black and Ivory) to meet the end users aesthetic needs. It's bundled with a Free copy of Nero Express 12 and a SATA cable, whilst supporting a variety of speeds and working flawlessly with Windows 8. It also has Buffer Underrun technology which writes data to disks in smaller chunks, ensuring that data is copied consistently to the disks. Overall a sound investment.