Well, i have been reading everyone's options and i think all of those drives are great.
Out of all those good drives, Ricoh and Hp are two of my favorites. I own at 2x/2x/6x since 1997 and it haven't made a coaster!!!!
I just brought my new cdrw drive (Ricoh 6x\4x\24x) in October, 2000 because my HP are getting old and it works great. Work with every possible cdr i have tried. But when buying new cdrw drive, one should keep this in mind: some drives ex. Philip have problem reading certain colour dye on the cdr. So one should buy a cdrw drive that can handle all the dye out there and therefore giving you a much more flexible choice when going shopping for blank cd.
I use a Mitsumi 4804t 4x4x24 Burner. It is not the fastest or the best but I bought it for $160 in November and I have only made one Coaster and I burn at least 2-3 CD's a week. The Coaster was because My HD was dying and it couldn't keep up with the Burner. I should have known no to try a Burn. I recommend the Mitsumi 4804t. All media I have used in it works perfect. And it came with Adaptec software.....I ditched it and I know use Nero for all my burning needs.