The NEC 3500A, is still just a hair cheaper but it’s still a great deal if you want to go the Pioneer route. $89 with shipping for a black bezel Pioneer 108.
Just saw that Pioneer has released new firmware for the 108 to improve writing speeds-
This should make it even a better buy (still think that my NEC ND-3500a for $77 + $4 shipping from www.newegg.com is a better deal)
Yup. As I said, it really depends on preference. I have to say that at this point I could go either way as both are great burners.