Can the Plextor 8x external compete with Lite-on?

I looking to get a external cd-rw drive, and of course I’m looking to get the best one out there. I hear Lite-On is one of the best, and I also hear that Plextor is up there too. I really dig the portability and style of the Plextor 8x and although it is slow the portability and size is just amazing, I have herd though that Roxio Easy Cd Creator has some how degraded the ability of this drive. Is this true? And most of all is it as good as the Lite-On drives???