While you may call the UJ-835E carp I want to share with you a problem I see in the industry. They didn't do a good job of relaying that all these low prices came at the cost of lower years of life in the products. So I want to warn you that your replacement drive will likely last just as long as your UJ-835E.
That being said, I try to shop at the usual Mac outlets since they'll get me the drive that will "just work."
I know I get to replace these things about every 1 to 3 years depending on a variety of factors.
I have a 12" G4 Powerbook (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM) running OS 10.3.9, with one of those crap MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-835E Superdrives that I haven't had the cash to replace (until now).
There are two places I'm thinking of using:
Both companies install the Panasonic 8x dual layer, which I understand is what Apple also uses.
1) Is the Panasonic as unreliable and prone to breakdown as I understand the Matshita to have been?
2) Is there a better drive out there? I've heard that Pioneer DVR-K05 is more reliable.
3) If you think I should just go with the Panasonic, do you have anything positive/negative to say about either of these companies?
Thanks in advance for your help!