Sounds like this is the one to get for DVD and CD writing as long as you can find the right media. This may be my new one if any I own fail and I may recommend this to friends (obviously, the Sony if they're only burning DVDs).
Um, ok then, it looks like the Lite-On iHAS422 22X has the best review and maybe this one is the one to recommend.
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