Have to replace my LiteOn

Hello, My trusty LiteOn SOHW-832S that I have been using to test my burns from a NEC 3500AG just died. I have a NEC3520A that I was thinking of using as a ripper/tester but wanted to ask how it compares to other burners out there as my wife said she would get me a new one for Christmas :wink: but I could think of other things to spend money on if this compares well to the newer drives out there. Also any recommendations on firmware?
Thanks