There's nothing much to remark about the exterior appearance of the LITE-ON SHM-165H6S as the aesthetics of an internal DVD writer is severely limited by its functionality. The front bezel is probably the only bit of real estate available for vendors to inject some flair and here, LITE-ON outdoes most of its competitors by offering two interchangeable faceplates (silver & black). That should be more than good enough for anyone looking to blend his or her drive into the façade of the casing.
In terms of its capabilities, this LITE-ON drive fulfils its "Super AllWrite" tag by supporting all popular forms of media now. So you can expect the usual DVD+/-R (and its dual layer form), DVD+/-RW, along with the less common DVD-RAM and of course, all your CD standards. The writing speeds for the media are the fastest possible now and with DVD writing technology not likely to progress further, possibly the peak speeds attainable.
Additionally, the LightScribe function is a very useful tool for those intending to produce their own DVDs in a 'semi-professional' manner as it allows labels to be inscribed onto the media's surface. LITE-ON is not the pioneer of this technology but the SHM-165H6S is one of its first burners to feature it.