I'm using low end media, basically CMC MAGs, Sony D21, and the Ritek bands. What I notice between the two: BenQ burns better, less PIF in general, and yields a slightly better burn. The Pioneer on the other hand seems to be more layman friendly and rips movies better/easier. So if you wanna burn, go BenQ, if you wanna rip, go Pioneer? Anyways, I got them both and am only mad at the BenQ cause I can't figure out the best firmware to get a 98+ Quality Scan with 200 or less PIF.