"..With the fastest DVD data rates available, and CD data rates that match current drives, the Pioneer DVD-103S is an excellent choice for upgrading that aging 12x CD-ROM drive, and/or jumping into the world of DVD. As a third generation DVD-ROM drive with the kinks ironed out, it is now reasonable to use this as your only DVD/CD-ROM drive in a system, with no fears of compatibility problems.
The Slot-in loading mechanism is like icing on the cake as a time-saver, and it is hard to go back to tray-load drives once you are spoiled by it. The 6x DVD transfer speeds allow for fast scanning of movies as well as improved performance of DVD-ROM titles. The only other challenger at this point is the upcoming TrueX DVD drives on the horizon.."