Conclusion: Like some of the other portable DVD writers we've looked at recently, the eTAU208 can write to both DVD+R and DVD-R media at 8x. Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly as fast as drives like the ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U as it took more than 13 minutes to write an entire 4.7GB DVD. Nevertheless, the eTAU208 performed pretty well with other types of recordable media.
Pros: Writes to DVD±R media at 8x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD±R DL media at 6x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 8x, Reads DVD±R, DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 8x, Reads and writes to DVD-RAM media at 5x, Features 24x CD-R and CD-RW writing speeds, Good CD writing quality, Supports SMART-BURN, SMART-X, SmartWrite and OverSpeed technologies, Good selection of writing and rewriting speeds, Supports bitsetting for DVD+R/RW and DVD+R...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Not as fast as other portable drives when writing to DVD±R media, Does not support 99 minute CD-R media
Excerpt: These days, with flash drives growing larger, and hard drives getting cheaper, there doesn’t seem to be as much need for the writable DVD. There are times, however, where it’s advantageous to commit data to a storage device you don’t mind losing. Burning a movie for a friend, sending data across town, or just making a backup of important documents: DVDs still have their uses.
Excerpt: We are pleased to bring you another computer accessory review from LITE-ON. LITE-ON has been in the digitial convergence business, which consists of products for computer, commercial and consumer electronics, since 1975. We use many of their products in our personal builds. LITE-ON is the second largest ODD manufacturer and this new device, the eTAU208 extermal DVD-RW combo drive, is poised to match perfectly with the netbook and ultra portable market.