I have been looking for an external drive with lightscribe, that does not have any riplock (or can be removed via MCSE). I had decided on the benq 1655, but after reading many threads on it, i realized that this drive does not have an external version of firmware (does not support UDMA 4), and so it cannot read or write to its full speed through usb. Then i read on some liteon drives but some say the new ones' quality has degraded. LG's have good quality but have riplock. Pioneer 111 fulfills all other requirements but does not have lightscribe (i know 111L has labelflash, but its media is not sold retail in US).
Finally, i gave up and am asking for suggestions. Also, i have a mac and so would like a drive compatible with it. Bitsetting would be a plus. Is there a drive that fullfills all these requirements?