Well seeing how I have never had a dvd burner, I don't know what kind of media the local stores have. As far as cd-r's I have never had a coaster with Imation or Memorex. I usually get the 50cd pack at walmart for $15. Since I have been looking online for a dvd-rw I have noticed alot of sites selling good media at good prices. Looks like I can get a 100 dvd-r pack for less then $20. Don't know how in the world I would ever fill all those up.
I was wanting to upgrade to a dvd-rw because I have a bunch of files that I wanted to transfer to my girlfriend's laptop and she is several 100 miles away. Outside of that the only other thing I might burn a dvd for would be to fill it up with tv shows so I could watch them all on my dvd player in the living room.
So for what I need it for I certainly don't need the best. But I choose to only support companies that make the best
But don't both the s182m and the 20x liteon have that weird lead-in problem with burning? That was one of the reasons why I made this post. Both the samsung drive I wanted and the liteon drive I wanted were said to have that lead-in problem...