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    Lite-On LTR-52327S CD-RW & LTC-48161H Combo CD-RW/DVD Review
    Author: Matt
    Date Posted: May 20th, 2003
    SLRating - LTR-52327S 52x32x52 CD-RW: SLRating: 8/10
    SLRating LTC-48161H 48x24x48x16 Combo CD-RW/DVD: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Lite-On comes out with two new drives and we bring you an exclusive premier of the LTR-52327S 52x32x52 CD-RW, and following that, a look at their jack of all trades LTC-48161H 48x24x48x16 Combo CD-RW/DVD drive. We'll show you how they compare against each other and some of the competition...

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    The LTR-52327S packing is fairly simple, as you might expect. The box contains the drive, mounting screws, audio out cable, installation instructions, troubleshooting manual, 700MB 80 minute 52x CD-R disk, 650MB 74 minute 32x CD-RW disk, Nero Express, and finally some Lite-On customer feedback cards.

    The packing is nearly the same for the LTC-48161H. The box contains the drive, mounting screws, audio out cable, installation instructions, troubleshooting manual, 700MB 80 minute 52x CD-R disk, 650MB 74 minute 24x CD-RW disk, Nero Express, Lite-On customer feedback cards, and also PowerDVD XP.


    The drives are typical looking. Present on the front is a mini-jack audio out port, a volume dial, dual colored read/write LED, Lite-On logo stickers and either a 52x32x52x insignia or the DVD logo.

    One thing interesting that you will notice immediately after taking the drives out of the box and comparing them to other drives is that they are about 25 millimeters shorter than a typical drive.

    While other drives are all about 195 mm, the Lite-On drives are only 170 mm. This could be rather nice in small form factor cases where an extra inch of space behind the drive can open up room for airflow or other devices. Even in my full tower case the extra inch that the drives aren't sticking out is nice because it clears away clutter from in front of the motherboard.


    The screws provided were welcome because drive manufacturers are often very inconsistent with their screw sizing and it can be difficult to find screws that won't strip your drive's holes.

    The drives installed cleanly, my motherboard detected the hardware vender string in the drives and displayed the models correctly during boot up. Windows XP correctly identified the drives and installed the appropriate drivers without a hitch.

    Nero Express went in cleanly, only after removing a previous version of Nero I had already installed. One note to mention here is that I had a TDK burner before and my TDK version of Nero definitely did not like the Lite-On drives. It was no problem to remove the old hardware and software and cleanly install the new drives and Nero though. I did not have to install separate versions of Nero Express for each drive, despite the warnings on the CD that Nero would only work with the drive it came bundled with. Nero appears to be compatible with any of the Lite-On drives.


    The manual is rather comical, it is simply a collection of safety, installation, use and troubleshooting documentation. It is actually pretty comprehensive though, a nice addition since previous Lite-On drives only came with a one sheet manual. It is good to see that Lite-On learned from our previous gripes about bad documentation.

    Additional documentation comes in the form of a straight forward "Quick Installation Guide" poster.

    There is no paper documentation for Nero Express, but it is VERY easy to use, as is the case with PowerDVD too.


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    1. Introduction
    2. The LTR-52327S
    3. The LTC-48161H
    4. Packaging/Appearance/Installation/Documentation
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