Excerpt: When it comes time to make a optical drive purchase, most of us tend to make our choices based on pricing. Although optical drives have not changed to much over the last few years, users should still take a look at the quality of the drive and the features that it has to offer. Today we are going to be taking a look at the ASUS DVD-RW 24B1ST optical drive.
Pros: Great Price, Decent Read/Write Performance, Excellent Quality on Burns, Bundled Software, Saves Money
Excerpt: The DRW-24B1ST proved to be a solid performer during testing while still running quietly and efficiently. Burn quality is reliable too – I burned everything from movies to data to music with this drive and each and every disc turned out perfect. The price is very easy to take as well. For just over $20, you get the full retail package which includes Nero 8 Essentials along with Asus' E-Green and E-Hammer programs.
Conclusion: ASUS made this drive with the intention of saving energy and keeping the noise to a minimum. We weren’t expecting shattering transfer rates and mind boggling burst rates, but we were expecting a little better performance. When factoring in the software bundle, E-Green and E-Hammer are certainly two features worth utilizing and Nero 8 Essentials is a nice bonus as well. At $29.24 USD shipped, the DRW-24B1ST is priced to sell.
Conclusion: The results of the testing are in, and the ASUS DRW-24B1ST has not disappointed. It performed as well as any drive of comparable speed and type out there. We can't be too surprised that the DRW-24B1ST solidly outperformed an external USB 2.0 burner, but we can be impressed that it performed better than similar IDE and SATA drives.
Pros: Consumes 1W Less Power than Average, E-Green Software Shows Energy Saved, E-Hammer Software Makes Data Unrecoverable, OTS Produces Optimal Burning Strategies, AVRS Makes for a Really Quiet Drive, Bundled with Nero-8 Essentials, 24x DVD-burning Capability