Philips DVD 8631

I am new to the DVD burning world and I already have an LG burner that doesn’t work. Well to replace the DOA drive I am thinking of getting the Philips DVD 8631 which is new not a refurb or used. My 1st question would be is this a good drive? Second would be from reading on this forum I can cross firmware with a BenQ. Which firmware is better for this drive the Philips or the BenQ?

the benq firmware is better but see if you can get a phillips 8701 as its a benq 1640
or just go to newegg and for 55 you can get a benq 1655 with lightscribe