In my experience, the brand doesn't matter very much. I've gone through four or five DVD burners in the last decade, and they all eventually wore out, since burning discs is harder on the laser than ripping them. I've tried Samsung, Sony, Pioneer, and possibly Lite-On, and my current burner is LG. They all worked fine while they were in service and all died after a few years, so as long as you pick a reputable brand and a drive that has decent reviews on Newegg (e.g. no trend of drives coming DOA), you should be fine.