Well, my Benq 1620 looks to be dying on me- so I'm looking for the best price/performance burner that does well with TY T02 DVD+Rs. Bitsetting is a necessity. SATA would be nice since my ASUS P5B-E has a tempermental JMicron IDE controller; but not at a large price premium and not if they are always out of stock. Speed isn't important since I burn all my discs at their rated 8x speed. CD capability with 1 or 2 sheep would be nice but not essential. Black faceplate is necessary. Litescribe isn't a big deal, and neither are DVD-RAM, or even DVD-R quality for that matter.
I'm looking hard at the LG GSA-H42N and the Pioneer DVR-111D. Should I consider ASUS or Samsung? The Plextors look just way too damn expensive. I once had a Lite-On 851S that really soured me on their quality- only through the graces of God and the Codeguys did I get any decent burns out of that thing. But of course I'm willing to reconsider if more recent experiences with them are overwhelmingly positive.
Thanks for the advice- I welcome any and all input.