Conclusion: Like the DRW-1814BLT before it, the DRW-2014L1T has had its share of growing pains. Early reviews indicated that it suffered from many of the same performance issues as its predecessor. Instead of publishing our own less than flattering review, we put the DRW-2014L1T back on the shelf and gave ASUS a chance to address these issues. Since then, ASUS has released a series of firmware updates that have greatly improved the DRW-2014L1T's writing quality.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 20x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RAM media at 14x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R and DVD-RAM media at 12x, Reads DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 8x, Features 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW writing speeds, Low seek times, Supports ASUS's FlextraLink, FlextraSpeed and AVRS technologies, Supports bitsetting for DVD+R/RW and DVD+R DL media,...
Cons: High media requirements when writing at 20x, Questionable quality with some DVD±R DL media, Slower than other drives when writing to DVD±R DL and DVD-RAM media, Had a hard time reaching its rated speeds when reading pressed CD's, Reads CD-R media at only 40x, Documentation could be better
Conclusion: The ASUS DRW-2014L1T drive had left us with a few doubts after completing the tests with the original firmware Ver1.00 installed. However, with the firmware Ver1.02, Asus engineers managed to correct the majority of the remarks we reported in the first version of this review, mainly addressing issues related to the support for new DVD recordable media, as well as to the writing strategy for some other MIDs.
ASUS DRW-2014L1T DVD±/RW Drive w/ LightScribe Review
18 February 2008
Conclusion: This ASUS drive surprised us with its composure in all of the tests we put it through and it showed that it is ready for prime time. Even though it was compared to a BenQ drive that is almost two years old, its performance in the access time tests was a testament to ASUS's strive towards engineering excellence.