The Benq certainly seems to be drawing praise, so does the NEC (3500, or 3520 with the new +/-RW speeds and maybe -R DL if any media ever appears).
The Pioneer A08/108 is good, but slow for a 16x, with the A09 around the corner.
LG are also there, espcially if you want the best rewrite format - DVD-RAM
Liteon built their reputation on fast, cheap CD-RW drives with Mediatek's great EFM handling, and, lets not forget, the bonus of almost guaranteed overclockability to the highest speed for the chipset.
Liteon are in danger of LOSING their reputation, to the finicky media handling and inconsistent results, possibly the responsibility of the Mediatek DVD chipset.
Do we stay loyal to Liteon?
Do Liteon stay loyal to Mediatek - in a way, I hope thay do, as maybe they might get the media tuning worked out, to the pont of being at least the best drives with those chipsets.