Stay far away from Maxell as well. 8x media will only burn 4x and I get the occassional hardware error, too. This never happens with the other media I use. Sony and Fuji mostly, which burn at their advertised speeds and are 100% reliable.
-Macbook Pro 2GHz Core Duo 15.4", 2GB, 100GB, Superdrive, Airport, BT, 256MB ATI x1600
Another word of warning about Verbatims -- there are two kinds, and one is generally better. The better ones have the "Open <-------> Lock" on the top of the spindle cases in Times New Roman font -- and the "other" ones have it in Arial font. You should get the TNR ones, and avoid the Arial ones, is what I've heard.
Steve Jobs re: iTunes on Windows: "It's like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell"
I'm really interested in the burning times of DVDs, not the quality of the blank media.
I already buy the good stuff but a google search with 'Mashita' and 'blank media' will toss out a lot of discussion about how different brands (the good ones and the not so good ones) will burn the same amount of data using the same burn speed at different times.
What a surprise - the Apple blank media was invariably the fastest burned DVDs
So I'm actually trying to solicit any opinions about *which* good quality blank media has a good burn speed (aside from the blank Apple media which is a pain to get) on the Mashita drives that came with a lot of the Intel iMacs (at least).
Perhaps some others have used different blank media and have noticed one brand's faster than the other?