I'm in the market for an external DVD writer for my laptop as of late, the reason being is that my internal DVD writer (HL-DT-ST GT31N) consistently performs unsatisfactorily for my needs - mostly backing up my videogame CD's/DVD's. Even while using high quality Verbatim MCC03RG20 and MCC004, i can't get rid of music/FMV skipping, I tried different speeds and medias other than verbs, but it's still there. I figure it's the writer, but as it can't scan my burns, I can't really say.
As such, I need a new writer, and it needs to be...
*friendly to all high quality media and make excellent burns out of it
*able to perform reliable scans
*not be too expensive (but I'd be willing to pay a premium for something really good)
*able to booktype as DVD-ROM
*anything else that you consider useful
Size doesn't matter.