Howdy all, First off, let me just say I'm not trying to incite a riot or flame-war... I'm considering purchasing the new 27" iMac. I noticed the ODD specs look similar to the Powerbook G4 I had 3+ years ago... Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) * Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed * Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed * Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed * Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed * Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed * Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed * Reads CDs at up to 24x speed I was a little peeved to see that Apple isn't implementing a BR-Drive. But oh well, I can get over that. However, I noticed the speeds leave much to be desired. 24x CD? 8x DVD? I remember thinking how slow it was to write data on the Powerbook compared to my home-built machine; should I still anticipate this? Does Apple have a vendor-contract? Is it b/c they are slim/slot-load drives? thanks! ~Luf.