I'm a fan of Pioneer Blu-ray drives. They are nice and solid, IMHO. The eject button can feel a bit cheap, however. Not that I've ever noticed, no. I'll have to start paying more attention. I honestly have no explanation. I've seen talk about the 2x RipLock discussion with respect to AACS discs but I haven't experienced it. I also generally copy discs to my HDD using the AnyDVD Ripper rather than messing around with other programs. That isn't to say that I never use ImgBurn or another program but the vast majority of the time I just use the AnyDVD Ripper while keeping the protections intact to get the job done. I really haven't seen much of if any speed difference between leaving the protections intact or removing them, either.