I have used Sony, LG, Samsung, and Liteon Lightscribe multidrive...and from my experience, Sony is the best. LG and Samsung are good initially...you can see the perfomance yourself after 1 year.
Liteon does work fine, without any problems
I bought a Sony DRU-170C 15 days back. Its a very good DVD writer, but apparently its not upto the mark in reading! It reads all Digit magazine DVDs, video DVDs, but has trouble reading DVDs I wrote with my acer laptop which I sold recently (5002 NWLMI). It reads some and does not read others. Mind you all these DVDs open perfectly in Samsung and LiteOn drives