BenQ DW1620 PRO, OEM W/SW- $53.99 Shipped

Newegg does it again. BenQ 16x, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive with Software, Black Model DW1620 PRO, OEM $49.99 + $4.00 shipping = $53.99

These guys make it too easy to spend money.
The Beige model is only $1.50 more shipped with software.

is this better than NEC 3500 or Maddog 16x as by quality burning and ability to perform well with no brand name discs?

Check out the NEC and BenQ forums for opinions on the relative merits of both burners. I own both and they work well.

As do I. If I had to choose one, the BenQ would get the nod.

Same here. Both very good drives, but I like the Benq a little more.