Before ordering this LaCie DVD burner, I had purchased the Iomega SuperSlim USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer. But I had to return the Iomega burner because it stank. Literally, it smelled terrible! The Iomega burner gave off a horrible sweet CHEMICAL SMELL, especially while running.
But this LaCie Portable Slim DVD burner seems to be working fine, with no noticeable odor! I have burnt several discs with only 1 error (unreadable sector) so far. I also like the cable that comes with the drive much better. It's small and not too ugly, like a lot of cables can be (if you care about that sort of thing).
The LaCie burner does feel light and plasticy, but it does NOT feel like it's about to break. It seems sturdy and well made. The only problem is the circular button which holds the disc in place is a bit too big, so when I try to put a disc in the drive I have to press down a bit harder to get the disc to click into place. This causes the body of the drive to move (tilt up) because the whole thing is so light. So I have to hold the drive door with one hand while putting the disc in with the other. But this is not a bit deal to me.
When the drive door opens to eject a disc, it pops open just a centimeter or so and stops. You have to then pull the door open enough to get the disc out. It is not an automatic, smooth opening like we have come to expect on a DVD player. But this is fine for me, because I travel a lot with the burner and I usually don't want an opening drive door to bump into all the other crap on my desk.
So far, I think this burner is great. It has a shiny black case, which I was afraid would look tacky. As with most other LaCie products, this drive looks very elegant, despite it being mostly made of plastic. However, the shiny black shell does show a lot of finger prints. I suggest wearing gloves every time you touch it. No! just kidding :) They are just finger prints, it's no big deal. But it would be nice if the case were made of the same black, brushed metalic-like case as the LaCie Rikiki.
This burner worked just fine with my Macbook pro. I have no use for the lightscribe technology, so I can't review that functionality. Overall, very good drive so far.