HP DVD840e or LG GSA-2166D?

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I have read alot of reviews and am trying to decide upon a DVD burner for my laptop… Of course, since it is a laptop I’ll need an external, because I want to have a super-multi as well as lightscribe…

Do you recommend the HP DVD840e or the LG GSA-2166D

I have read on many sites that both tend to have some writing quality problems, so I was wondering what I should do…

Also, is buying something like an LG GSA-4166B and putting it into an external enclosure an option, and would you recommend that?

Some other general questions:

Can you use the 1.02 firmware for the 4166B on the 2166D? The only available firmware for the 2166D is the 1.01 version…

Also, in a review of the DVD840e it says that since the drive has a panasonic chipset, it doesn’t support something to do with regions… What does this mean exactly? Here is the review I got this from: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=15764&PageId=0
If the same drives are in teh 2166D and the HP840e, this would be the case for the 2166D

and are the writing problems associated with the 2166D and DVD+R mentionable? http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=274&page=Performance

Sorry about the long post, and thanks if you can shed some light on this…