I got a reconditioned unit at about half the price of a new one about 9 months ago. I use it regularly to burn discs and it has performed well. Its very compact and would be easy to take away with me if I wished. My only regret is that it doesn't have a remote otherwise I could get one to hook up to my home CCTV system instead of still having to use VHS. And thats why it lost one star.