You can burn DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW discs. I'd recommend Nero Burning ROM if you don't have software already. I think your Aspire can burn double layer discs as well, but I'd check that out. Did I miss something?
They're good machines. I currently own an HP zv5255us, which is:
15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050)
60 GB HDD
512 MB RAM
64 MB dedicated nVidia 440Go
Memory card reader
and whatever the rest of the specs are. Actually, I'm only considering selling now because I want something a little thinner and lighter for college. Performance rocks, though I'm not a gamer.
I'm using WSXGA+, and what I like most (beside better widescreen dvd viewing) is that I can have a Word document scaled to 100% on the left of my screen and multiple IM windows open on the right, all totally visible simultaneously.
A few days ago I purchased the ZV5255, and thus far I am rather pleased. However, there is one point that had me a bit confused at first. The notebook's 15.4" widescreen display is advertised as WXGA (1280x800) on HP's website (and everywhere else), but mine is definitely WSXGA+ (1650x1050).
I don't think mine is the only WSXGA+, but are all of them? I'd really like to know.