From what I’ve seen regarding the 223F and CDR burning, I would pick the Pioneer 115D over it currently for that purpose.
I have the 115D myself and it does the job well, although I use my older Samsung drives more for audio CD burning.
2x is way too slow a speed for modern CDR media. I would go for 16x, 8x absolute minimum.
Can’t speak about the 215, as I don’t have one…
As for the Verbatim CDR - they’re not actually made by Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemicals, but by Moser Baer India, CMC Magnetics, or Prodisc (and maybe one or two others), with Verbatim’s name on them.
So they’re not top-notch like TY, but will do the job.