Conclusion: If you've been following any of the discussions surrounding the Lite-On iHBS112, you already know that the drive got off to a rough start. Early on, there were numerous reports of Blu-ray Discs burned by the drive not playing on standalone players as well as incompatibilities with Verbatim BD-R LTH media. Lite-On was quick to respond by releasing a number of firmware updates which addressed many of these problems.
Pros: Writes to BD-R media at 12x, Writes to BD-R DL media at 8x, Writes to BD-R LtH media at 12x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-RE DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x, 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, Reads single layer BD-ROM's at 8x, Reads BD-R, BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 8x, Reads BD-RE DL media at 6x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±R DL and DVD±...
Cons: High media requirements when writing to BD-R media at 12x, Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Slower than other drives when writing to CD-RW and DVD+RW media, Bundled version of PowerDVD does not support 3D playback
Conclusion: To sum up, the LiteOn iHBS112 could be a great tool for fast backups of data on Blu-ray discs, as well as for entertainment allowing you to watch your favorite BD movies on your PC or HD screen. It's price is high but not as high as we might expect for a a 12x BD burner. On the other hand, we would like to see a wider compatibility with DVD and Blu-ray disc media as well as a more stable behavior when it comes to BD/DVD disc burning.