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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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    Conclusion

    When buying a new CD-RW drive, it's hard to make a decision. There are just so many choices out there, it takes some thinking. I've had the opportunity to test three Lite-On CD burners, which are three of the many choices of CD burners out there. I must say, I was extremely impressed with all three of them.

    The internal Lite-On 52x24x52x drive can be found for under $50, but it provides the fastest speeds possible for burning CD's today (at time of writing). It may not be the most user-friendly drive, but even if you have some experience in computers today, you should be able to figure out how to install the drive. It's no different then any other CD drive, but there's just not enough information in the manual. Plus, it doesn't come with IDE cables. With these problems aside, you're left with an excellent drive that's fast, and inexpensive.

    The external Lite-On 40x24x40x drive was also very good. It was fast, small, and looks cool. I achieved excellent performance with this drive, but I had two gripes about it, one minor, and the other major. For one thing, you need to plug in the drive to a AC power port. This may not be a problem for many, but it can't be very portable if you need to plug it in? My major gripe is this; the drive is not the easiest to get. You can buy it from Lite-On directly (www.liteonit.com), because I couldn't find it anywhere else, except for an Australian store.

    The external Lite-On 24x12x24x8x drive was great. Although the speeds of the drive are not record-breaking, they are fast enough for pretty much anyone, and the drive looks excellent, and it's very small. Plus, it includes DVD playback, which, I must say, looked excellent. Once again, I had two gripes, one minor, and the other major. And surprise surprise, I had the same gripes as the Lite-On External 40x24x40x drive. First, it requires a AC power port to be used. The drive is obviously for traveling use. What if you want to use the drive in a airplane, to say, watch a movie. That's not possible since it needs the extra power. My major gripe was that the drive is not easy to get. You'll need to through Lite-On to get the drive (www.liteonit.com), because I couldn't find it anywhere else, which is not very good.





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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
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