I dropped by a couple of months ago considering upgrading my burner and decided the one I had was good enough. Since then I've had a computer meltdown (MB failure) and upgraded my system to a new Gigabyte MB. New boards don't support two IDE ports, so to deal with this I'm switching the burner to SATA. This means buying a new one.
When I was here before I was considering a Pioneer DVR-115/215 model, but folks here said if I could wait for a firmware revision I should go to the 116/216. Now as I nose around it seems like the bloom is off the rose for the 116/216 model. And, I see the model with the most votes in the opening poll is the Samsung SH-S203 series, but it's not widely available.
I realize there's a lot of brand allegiance, but are there technical reasons I should choose one of these three models over the other two?