Thanks for the replies guys!
So, LiteOn it will be.
I am moving all the data to DVDs, so CD burning is mainly limited to audio CDs, hence I won't be burning, and hence scanning CDs a lot.
The consolidation is being done in a sense that the machines with only drive are getting good all arounders, while my main desktop is getting the top drives for a specific duty (specialists):
Machines with only 1 drive: SH-S203B, SH-S202J, 1655, SH-S203N. DRU-V204 in the USB enclosure for use mainly with the laptop.
Machine with the specialists: 160P6S for scanning and alternate for reading / ripping, SH-S203N for reading / ripping/ lightscribe and alternate for burning, DVR-215D for burning and only burning.....
I was a little surprised to read the recommendation that if i was going to retire drives, the Samsungs should be the ones. At least in my experience, they are the best all arounders, and the 203B is as good of a writer as the Benq and the Sony. The DVR-215D is just untouchable as writer, and when quality is the most important parameter, that is the one I use. If in a hurry, the Sony is the fastest..... but that is just my observations, it may vary for others.
Now, what version of CD/DVD speed to use? I have Nero 7, 8 and 9, and I
have also downloaded the latest version of CD/DVd speed and disc speed