Nine internal DVD burners and Blu-ray drives tested
26 June 2013
Excerpt: With so many cheap and portable storage options available, not to mention all the free cloud and file transfer services, people use DVD-readers and burners less and less. But it can be quite practical to have, even if it's just to (re-)install Windows. We tested 9 internal DVD and Blu-ray drives, so you know what you should pick when you assemble that new desktop PC.
Summary: Advances are still happening in the world of optical drives believe it or not, and more than just boosts to DVD write speed! In this review PCSTATS is testing a particularly neat technology built into the LiteOn iHAS524 12x DVD-DL (24x DVD±R) recorder that may just convince you to spring for a sleek new SATA drive...
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The Lite-On iHAS524 is a fast drive as far as writing CD-R and DVD±R media is concerned, recording some of the fastest times on CD-R and DVD±R discs burned in our reviews. The Lite-On iHAS524 wrote our tested DVD±R media with generally excellent quality The Lite-On iHAS524 is a feature rich drive, with SmartErase and LabelTag adding to the drive’s appeal.
Pros: Generally good/excellent DVD±R/RW writing quality and performance., Excellent DVD+R DL writing quality, Generally very good CD-R/RW writing quality., Can burn selected DVD±R media faster than its rated speed., Excellent CD and DVD reading performance and reliability., Reads pressed DVD Video SL/DL and recordable media at 16x/12x., Supports BitSetting (BookType DVD-ROM) on DVD+R/RW/DL., Supports Disc Quality Scanning., Supports SmartErase., Excellent third party suppor...
Cons: DVD-R DL writing quality could be improved., LabelTag on CD-R was difficult to read.
Excerpt: ROM drives don't seem to move forward as fast as a lot of other technology we look at, but today we're looking at the iHAS524 which carries with it some serious numbers that could no doubt break the speed barrier when it comes to ROM usage. Firing up Nero DiscSpeed 10, we're able to see the numbers the iHAS524 offers us. Checking a copy of Windows 7 at 3.3GB, we managed to hit a read speed of 14x.
Excerpt: Lite-On IT Corporation is part of the Taiwanese Lite-On Group, which consists of nine consolidated companies. Lite-On Group is a world leading company in digital convergence (3C: Computer, Communications, and Consumer electronics) employing 35,000 people worldwide. Lite-On Group has 45 factories, 29 branch offices, and 4 R&D centers worldwide and generated total revenue of approximately 7 Billion USD in 2005.
Pros: Can be picked up for as little as £17 if you shop around, Quiet during films & DVD/CD burning, LabelTag - innovative free labelling of CD/DVDs, Bundled with the great Nero 8 Essentials software, Supports multiple formats including DVD+R-DL, No coasters
Cons: A little noisy when reading normal data - e.g. Software Installations, LabelTag software
Excerpt: The LiteOn iHAS524 is the first internal DVD writer we've seen with the new LabelTag disc labelling technology. Unlike the more widespread LightScribe, LabelTag etches text or images onto the data side of any single layer DVD, so you don't need special discs. Labels are created using the included copy of Nero Essentials, but text labels are limited to just 20 characters. In our tests the iHAS524 took an extra five minutes to burn a 20 character sentence.
Excerpt: LiteOn were kind enough to send us one of their internal DVD-RW drives, the iHAS524, to review. In an extremely saturated market, it’s difficult to make such a product stand out, but the LiteOn iHAS524 comes with LabelTag technology , which promises extra functionality over standard drives.
Conclusion: Last but certainly not least, the iHAS524 supports LabelTag. The feature will "burn" circular text labels or images right on the data side of a regular single-layer DVD or CD. The feature works well and it is seamlessly integrated within the bundled disc burning application. LabelTag is fast and the results are great as soon as you are using the feature in order to add a simple text label on your disc, instead of adding a sticker on it.
Pros: Super-all-write DVD/CD burner, Good bundled software, Fast CD/DVD reader, Reads defected DVDs adequately, Fast CD/DVD burner, Supports Book Type, Supports overburning with CD-R, SmartErase, LabelTag features
Cons: Average CD-R writing quality, DVD+R SL/DL writing quality, Average reading peformance with defected CD-Rs, Does not support overburning with DVD