Summary: As is par for the course, the Lite-On iHBS212 comes with a complement of CyberLink BD software for movie playback (including Blu-ray 3D), disc burning, and data backup. It also supports LightScribe disc-labeling. While we appreciate the cost savings you get with the iHBS212, we’re still inclined to choose the Plextor B940SA for its superior BD write performance.
Pros: Inexpensive 12x BD writes; strong DVD performance.
Excerpt: Lite-On’s internal Blu-ray drive has an excellent specification, able to write to single-layer BD-Rs at 12-speed and dual-layer media at eight-speed. Dual-layer discs hold twice as much data, but accept it at a slower rate. The fastest media we could find was rated at four-speed – it should take around 46 mins to entirely fill this disc.