Best (cheapest) external dvd burner?

Hi folks,
I’m an “oldtimer”, still waisting my time on a scsi plextor CD writer. This crap used to cost me about 900$.
Nowadays i don’t care about having the most hype device. I’m just interested in having the best for the less money. Time changes, no more cash to throw…

Is this industry still like it used to be? When I buyed my plextor it was one of the only burner able to overburn the standard CD. It was also able to bypass the first disk protection systems.

The real question is what’s the difference between those brands (or other not in the list, I don’t care):
16x(8x)/4x/16x/2.4x DVD±RW/+R9 (Dual Layer) 48x/24x/48x, USB 2.0

BENQ EW162I, DVD±RW (99.B5G15.0F2)
16x/4x/16x/2.4x DVD±RW/DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 40x/24x/40x CD-RW, USB 2.0

ASUS DRW-1604P-D, DVD±RW, USB 2.0, FireWire
16x/4x/16x/4x DVD±RW/+R9 (Dual Layer) 32x/24x/40x CD-RW

8x/2x DVD+RW 4x/2x DVD-RW 2.4x DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 24x/24x/24x CD-RW, USB 2.0, Slim

HP DVD-Writer dvd630e, DVD±RW (Q6761A)
16x(8x)/4x/16x/2.4x DVD±RW/+R9 (Dual Layer) 40x/24x/40x CD-RW, USB 2.0

LACIE 16x FireWire DVD±RW Double Layer (300775EK)
16x/4x/12x/4x DVD±RW/DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 32x/24x/40x CD-RW, FireWire, Design by F.A. Porsche

8x/4x/12x DVD+RW, 4x/2x/12x DVD-RW, 40x/24x/40x CD-RW, USB 2.0, FireWire

S-Video/Composite AV out, USB 2.0, 6x DVD, 24x CD, portable

FREECOM FX-50 DVD±RW 16x Double Layer (23735)
16x/4x/16x/4x DVD±RW/DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 48x/24x/48x CD-RW, USB 2.0, FireWire

LACIE 16x d2 DVD±RW Double Layer Toast 6, FireWire for Mac (300922)
16x/4x/12x/4x DVD±RW/DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 32x/24x/40x CD-RW, FireWire

4x/2.4x/12x DVD+RW 16x/10x/40x CD-RW, USB 2.0

8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD-RW, 12x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, 40x CD, USB 2.0, FireWire

IOMEGA Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner All-Format USB 2.0 (32915)
8x/4x/12x DVD+RW 4x/2x/12x DVD-RW 24x/16x/32x CD-RW, VideoCapture, USB 2.0

LACIE 8x FireWire Slim DVD±RW Double Layer (300777EK)
8x/4x/8x/2.4x DVD±RW/DVD+R9 (Dual Layer) 16x/10x/24x CD-RW, FireWire, Design by F.A. Porsche

16x/8x(4x)/16x/4x DVD±R

Ok some are faster, some are expensiver. But do they all do the same job with today protection without any problems, or are there brands to avoid?

HP,Philips,sony used to be the deapest shit you can figure of, is it still that way?

Any comments on any brand welcome.
C ya

I have a Freecom. It does the job. When I decided to buy an external, one of my main departing points was a simple fact: what manufactures have the possible best experience in external drives. The answer was simple: Freecom and Iomega. As I have never been an Iomega-fan, using a Zip-drive for years and hating it for the frequent system lock-ups, I went for Freecom. An external drive is not only about the brand of burner that it contains. It is a little bit more complex (chip, etc.).

It was an opinion of another “oldtimer”.

hi just bought a freecom dvd external burner. very impressed burned dvds at 8 speed and cds at 48 speed no problems yet. low noise but you need usb2 to get full advantagel.

You could also go with the option of buying a regular internal DVD burner and then get an external enclosure to house that burner (it may or may not prove to be less expensive depending on what you buy).

you could be right external writers seem to be more expensive than internal

I just bought a drive w/ ME-320 external enclosure kit from a place called ewaggle and it has been working great! There are many possible configurations available. I chose the ND3500A with USB/Firewire combo and it came with Nero 6. With all the information on this forum and others using DVD Decrypt and ShrinK I am now burning very happily!

I have the Iomega(liteon), Super DVD Writer16X Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive, DVD±RW/±R/CD-RW external which works great for me. Bought it when they had a rebate going. It did cost a little more than internal but I didn’t have the room inside. Also make sure you have a USB 2.0 slot. CINDI