I've owned four Liteons, all still going strong...even my bottom-of the-barrel and ancient 401s...I mean how old is that thing! My latest acquisition, a 1693s is a great reader and burner, absolutely no complaints, even with marginal blank media, but I really only burn TYs (SL) and verbs for DLs. It's been a great burner...about $40 or so.
I keep longing for a Benq, almost picked up a 1655 (Lightscribe, which I probably will hardly ever use...but it's way cool). I was looking at the Benq forum recently and saw a lot of complaining about firmware and inconsistent DL burns...I just dunno...I'd still love to get a Benq... :iagree: