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    Lite-On CD-RW/DVD Drives
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: April 14th, 2003
    SLRating External (24x12x24x8 CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive): SLRating: 9.5/10
    SLRating (WriteOn 40x24x40x USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive): SLRating: 9.5/10
    SLRating (Internal 52x24x52x CD-RW Drive): SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: What happens when your CD Burner breaks, or it's just not fast enough? There are many drives out there we reviewed 3 from Lite-On, but how do they perform, and what did we think? Read on to find out in our official review....

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    Lite-On WriteOn 40x24x40x USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive

    • 40x Write, 24x Rewrite, 40x Read Speed; Convenient top loading design
    • Portable design, Using USB 2.0 connection to ensure 40x performance
    • Plug & Play ( with Emergency manual eject )
    • SMART-BURN avoiding Buffer Under Run error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality
    • SMART-X® supporting high speed DAE & VCD extraction for copying
    • VAS® ( Vibration Absorber System ) to reduce vibration & noise during recording & reading
    • Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn
    • Conforms to Orange Book Part 2, 3, Volume 2: High Speed & MMC2 commands
    • Mt.Rainier Ready, Partial-CAV Recording
    • Support formats of CD Family, CD-R & CD-RW discs ( up to 99min. )

    First Impressions

    When I first opened the box of the Lite-On WriteOn external CD-RW drive, of course I was excited. Once everything was out of the box, I found the drive, a power cable, a USB cable, and an audio cable. I also found a copy of Nero 5 burning software, as well as two blank CD's, one was a CD-R, the other, a CD-RW. The package was secured, so as far as I know, the chances of the drive being damaged during shipping are slim.

      

    Design

    The drive itself is very sleek. It's a light shiny silver color on top, and the bottom is black. There's only one button on the unit, which is for ejecting the CD. You 'll also find on top an emergency eject hole, as well as two LED's. On the back of the drive, you'll find the power plug (which looks like a PS2 port), as well as the USB 2.0 port. On the right side of the drive, you'll find a volume control unit, as well as a headphone port.

      

            

    Installation

    Installation was extremely straightforward. As long as your USB 2.0 card is set up, all there is to it is plugging in the drive to the power source and to the PC. In about a minute, I was ready to burn. Of course, it's recommended to use the Nero burning software instead of Windows XP integrated software (if you have XP). Nero provides faster speeds with more advanced features. Installation of Nero was a snap.

    Once I put in the Nero CD, an Lite-On autoplay menu popped up. There were various choices of things to view or install. First off was the Internal CD-RW Drive Utility. Here, you can copy drivers to a floppy for DOS use, or view the user's manual. Next up was the External CD-RW Drive Utility. Here I found drivers for external CD burners. Next on the list was to install Nero and InCD. You'll then find the Nero Quick Start Manual, Install Acrobat Reader, and finally, exit.

    You want to choose Nero Burning ROM if the drive is working properly. Otherwise, you can install drivers for the drive in the External CD-RW Drive menu. Once "Install Nero" is selected, the Nero installation started up. It's just like any installation. After a restart, you're all ready to go.

    WriteOn 40x24x40x USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive

    Once again, like the internal drive, documentation was weak for this drive. All they included was a Windows 98 USB driver disk, a small installation poster, and a small piece of paper with some safety notices. I can't say that I was very impressed in this department.



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    1. Introduction
    2. External 24x12x24x8 CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
    3. WriteOn 40x24x40x USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
    4. Internal 52x24x52x CD-RW Drive
    5. Performance
    6. Pros/Cons
    7. Conclusions
    8. Gallery

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