You would be stupid to buy a liteon drive if you actually gave a damn about recording quality. Sure, the liteon drive is a decent enough recorder, but it sucks at writing CD-Rs. I would choose the LG any day of the week over the liteon. To buy a liteon DVD burner is to continue to support their shoddy design and continued poor performance.
> Good or Excellent DVD/CD writing quality
The LG writes most brands of DVD-R and DVD+R very well, and doesn't have big problems with CDs like the Liteon 1673 has.
> Decent CD/DVD media compatibility
The LG writes every brand of CD-R tested by CD-freaks perfectly. The liteon burnt none of CD-R's tested by CD-Freaks acceptably. The LG also properly burns a much wider range of DVD-/+Rs then the liteon. LG engineers often release new firmware that adjusts writing to fill in gaps in their compatibility.
> Good CD/DVD read speed
Admittedly, after patching, the liteon is a faster reader. The LG isn't horribly bad though, unlike say, a pioneer 116 or an optiwrite DD201
> Able to Rip current game/audio protections
The LG is only slightly behind the liteon, in that it bypasses audio protection and most game protections.
> Possible Booktype/Bitsettings
The LG will do booktype settings on DVD+R/R9 (to DVD-ROM)
> Good/Excellent DVD+CD writing speed
The LG has among the best writing times of any DVD burner.
> Good DVD ripping speeds.
Same as above on DVD-reading speed. Not as fast as a patched Benq or Liteon drive, but faster then most unpatched drives.