Hey Rangefinder, welcome to clubmyce
So there are tons of quality CD burners. Now-a-days we really don't get a plain CD burner, they also burn DVD's and they are pretty cheap. Blu-ray burners are becoming more affordable now and can store a lot more data.
So good names for CD/DVD burners are Samsung, Lite-on, Pioneer, LG and some others. But I guess it depends on what you want, they make more compact "slim" versions and there are the larger 5.25" drives that are generally faster and probably more reliable. So there's a trade off with compactness for travel and ruggedness. In THIS THREAD I suggested a Bytec enclosure and a Samsung drive. If you want a slim external drive then this Lite-On looks like a good choice.
Here is a list of external drives, you can pick one that has favorable reviews and you should be ok. Link