Best External Burner for single & dual layer

I have been out of the tech loop for quite some time because of residing in a third world country. Name brands are made but under the hood is a different story…terrible quality at name brand pricing and little or no warranty.

Anyway could someone give me the names of good external burners for use with DVD media (Taiyo Yuden)?

Also are there burners that burn differently in quality when burning single and dual layer (Verbatim) media?

I am also considering a Blu-ray burner which burns the lot of all media. Is it worth it at this point in November 2012 and are there any good ones?


I’d prefer the Pioneer BD-R 205/206/207 and 208 models.