At first this dvd writer looks like the typical silver, modern style one you'd find on a desk in an artists studio. Aesthetically the drive is very pleasing. It has a nice shiny protective plastic coat over its white plastic case. The silver bezel makes a nice contrast, and it isn't 'in your face' like some other drives.
When reading and writing it's very quiet, you have to look to see if the light's flashing on the front sometimes to see if it's working, as you can't detect any sound whatsoever coming from it.
Another plus to this drive is that it accepts both USB and Firewire conenctions, which is very useful for me as all of my USB ports are filled up, but none of my Firewire ones are! Freeing up a USB port saved me money and convenience, as I would've had to buy a USB hub.
The drive itself is very fast and ripping mp3's in iTunes is twice as fast as when I use my internal drive.
Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase!