I’ve googled around alot looking for a clear winner, but it’s quite hard:
LG: GSA H54N > Can be cross-flashed to a 20x GSA H55N
Samsung: SH S182D
Sony: DRU 830A > Samsung Rebag, appears to have the same overall good performance.
ASUS: DRW 1814BL > Has lightscribe which i don’t care about.
I used to have a sony dvd writer which was basicly a liteon rebag, didn’t care for it much, right now i have an LG GSA 4163B which is an awesome drive, never burnt coasters except for like once. I’m kinda rooting for the LG, but i’ve read some reviews for the 55N (not for the 54N because they basicly don’t exist) and some people are saying stay away from it (which is the case with every dvd drive ever made)
I’m looking for something that can burn DVD+R DL flawlessly, speed is not much of an issue as long as it’s reliable (i usually burn DL on 4x anyway).
BTW: If you’re wandering why these drives specifically; it’s because these are the choices available to me where I live.