It seems lately that the Lg 4163B is getting great reviews. But the Benq 1620 is also a worthy contender. Of course, Pioneer and Plextor are also worthy of consideration. However, I find that with Pioneer and Plextor you're paying more for the name than the actual product. By the same token, Pioneer's latest dvr-109 appears to be priced very reasonably. And Plextor's 716A is becoming even more so reasonable by the day since it was first introduced. Let's not forget about the Nec 3500AG. I love my Nec 3500AG. It's not as flamboyant as the other contenders. Well, it's darn ugly! However, it does the job well at a low cost like the Benq 1620. Practical but not flashy fits the Nec 3500AG.