What's your next burner? SD2 killers can be counted on two hands and one of them is a Toshiba 1202 DVD combo. The ASUS 16, 40 & 48 are unaffected by the new SecuROM new or the evolutionary leap to SD2.51.021 The Liteys can still cut all versions of SD2, too.
Liteons on the other hand seem to be the victim of a concerted effort by copy protection developer SecuROM. It's become hit & miss for many Liteon owners.
DVD-ROMs are becoming more popular so the benefit of the ASUS as a reader & writer is not such a feature any more, although still very, very handy. The Liteon LTD-163/165 and Toshiba SD-M1402 are still the best readers around so I see most systems having the burner partnered with a dedicated reader.
If you're reading this and you own a Yammy, TEAC, Sony or other expensive name-brand, chances are you're trying to find out why your device can't cut the mustard or maybe you already know why.
So, what are you going to do next?