You are right, if you want PI/PIF do not use a ROM drive. BenQ is a top choice for both scanning as well as ripping with the new patch, although I haven't seen that it will go to 12X with DL media. Pioneer's 109 also supports scanning with some programs and can also be rip free with cross patching the A09 firmware and has been tested to be as fast as the AOpen. If you really want only one drive and want scanning and ripping and writing quality, those two will do it. Possibly Plextor as well but some think it is overpriced and now it no longer includes the full version of Plextools so some users are understandably turned off by them. I also don't think it will rip nearly as fast. If I had to choose only one, based on what I have read here and seen, I would go with Pioneer.