I understand the confusion, so I'll rephrase. :iagree:
Both drives have their merits, but I already have had several NEC drives but no LG as yet.
Burning-quality wise, the H22N seems to have an edge over the 7170/73.
So if the 71710/73 had been consistent/usable scanners, this would have made me disregard the small plus in burning quality from the LG, and I would have gone for the NEC because I like having several scanning units to compare different results.
But as these new NECs can't scan properly (just as the previous models actually, in my book only the 3540A is a usable scanner), I had not much reason to choose it over the LG, which is cheaper BTW.
Is that clearer?
I'm not bashing NEC drives here, BTW. I'm impressed with the burning quality of the 7170/73, and changed my mind only in-extremis, mainly because no 7170/73 was available in my area when I decided to buy a 18X burner si I investigated alternatives.