If you get the retail versions of the PLEXTOR drives, they come with all sorts of decent DVD utility SW (ROXIO or NERO, et. al.). The retail ver of the PIONEER prolly also has SW included. PLEXTOR and PIONEER are also very good about convenient firmware updates (easy to do) from their support page.
The LiteOn is a solid OEM brand and I have never had issue with them, but you will need to scavenge some Burning & Copying utilities.
Lastly, SONY and PANASONIC are ofen just fine, but they sub-out so many models that the end user can't be (absolutely) sure if the particular model-series is "all-good".
For BluRay go with LG ... Regular DVD burners, Go with Pioneer or Plextor *RETAIL*.
= Al =