Yep, I already have the asus e616 But you can't use plextools with that, so I am thinking of changing it to plextor-dvd. I don't really believe that protection reading capabilities are depending on hardware mechanics but in firmwares, so if a manufacturer wants to make good audio ripper, they can choose to do or not to do that.
Most recent Plextors, like DVD-Recorders and external drives are manufactured by other vendors, but Plextor does the nice finishing touch with their firmwares, plextools, product warranties and so on.
I am seeing 2 options for me----- first: buying px-116a and taking out my asus or
buying px-54ta and adding that to computer (losing one 5 1/4 bay )