Advantages Extremely fast in all aspects, buffer underrun protection, SMART BURN, very reliable
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You may not have heard of Lite On before, but just because the brand isn't well known doesn't make it an inferior product to the more expensive 'name brand' products out there. This product has held its own in what has become a very competitive market. I believe that it has now been replaced with a slightly faster model which increases the re-write speed from 24x to 32x but i'll explain what these mean later. However i have decided to review the model i have now as it wouldn't be right trying to review a higher model than the one i have, so on with the review!
This drive has three numbers. One is that the read speed is 52x, the write speed is also 52x and the re-write speed is 24x. The first speed means that the computer can read normal cd-roms at 52 times the speed of a 1x drive. The 52x is the fastest possible speed at the moment so it is obviously very fast. The drive can also write cd-rs at the same speed which means that it takes roughly 7 minutes for me to write a full cd-r which is very fast. Finally, the drive can re-write cd-rws at a speed of 24 times a 1x drive. This is a good speed at the moment and as i said aat the beginning, the newer model has increased this speed to 32x. I can burn a cd-rw in just under 13 minutes. Now onto the actual features of the drive...
The drive comes bundled with Nero 6, vast ease-of-use improvement over Nero 5.5 . Nero is a well known program that can be used for burning most type of cds including audio, video and data. You can make complimations and can make pal and ntsc vcds or svcds. Lots and lots of features to use with the cd-rewriter.The acutal design of the drive itself is very modern and goes very well in replacing the old cd-rom drive of any white coloured computer. I wouldn't put it in a black one if i were you!! You can tell when the burning is taking place as a red light turns on instead of the usual green one. Once the red light turns off the drive automatically spits the cd out and its finished.
The drives come with "Burn Protection" which means that if your computer is struggling to get the data for the CD fast enough it can slow down and speed up as nesecarry which many older and inferior drives could not do - you'd just end up with errors on your CD - but not with the Lite On! This is a really useful feature of this drive and it gives phenomenally fast speeds when writing.The price of this varies at the moment but it can be found for under £50 which is an absolute bargain considering i payed over £100 when i first got it years ago. The drive is real value for money and you can even now get a slightly better model for not much more!
If you need a reliable and speedy cd-rewriter without the hassle of dealing with the new dvd-r format this would be the ideal recommendation. The drive is value for money and will last a long time to come.
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