DVD-RAM media is still ridiculously expensive. Right now, +RW media is still just as fast, and often cheaper. If the only lack compared to the 4163 is DVD-RAM support, then the 4161 is not a bad deal for a DVD burning newbie. The big gun isn't DVD-RAM support, but Lightscribe support. Unless this group of drives can be crosspatched to support Lightscribe, I would suggest buying a Lightscribe-compliant drive instead (such as LG's GSA-2166D).