Get the Benq 1650. Very pleased with mine.
I did say if you couldn't find the Benq get a Pioneer. The 1650 would be my first choice. Got my last one from PCW for Â£25 as well.
As far as media goes I always go for Verb 16x +R , burned at 12x. The 1650 will bitset to DVD-ROM giving compatibility with most DVD players.