I've always stuck with NEC but

Iā€™m in the market for a new dvd burner it seems lite-on is a pretty popular choice around here and had lots of support behind it. I was considering a nec 3540 or maybe wait for the 4550, are there any lite-on models I should look into or just stick with NEC :confused:

Stick with nec, go for the 3550

It really depends on what you are looking for. I have a couple of Liteons and NECs and I find the Liteon 1693 is very close in burn quality to the 3500/3520. It also scans and rips and bitsets.

I would avoid the 3540 at all costs; the 3550 looks promising but I would need to see more scans. If you are not in a hurry, it could be a great drive. If it just follows from the 3540, maybe not. Too soon to say.