[QUOTE=Parato Optimal;2165099]I have BenQ 16x, Lite-On 16x and Samsung 18x. Are you saying I should go with the Optiarc over the Sammy?
Would this Sammy 20X be an improvement over my Sammy 18x (in reserve in closet) or would you say I’m set until a 22x deal, SATA deal or BlueRay deal comes along?[/QUOTE]
The Optiarc is a better burner. Sammy’s are slow but good readers. I would get the Optiarc since you already have a BenQ and a Lite-On to help with reading.
The Sammy 20x would not necessarily be an improvement over your 18x Sammy. Stick with your 18x Sammy for now, but notice that the 22x Sammy is already cheap at $24.99 with free shipping.
PATA vs. SATA vs. Blu-Ray is completely up to you. I use a lot of burners in enclosures, so I still buy PATA burners. If you have SATA connectors and plan to install internal, then get a SATA. If you have money to burn then buy a Blu-Ray burner, just be aware that the cost of the media will drive you into bankruptcy.