48x12x48x CD-ReWriter 7/10 - Date Posted 27/09/2002
like to say thanks to Lite-On Holland for helping me with this review.
Lite-On has quickly become one of the most famous CD drive makers.
Their CD-ReWriters are the top of the list of most enthusiasts.
This drive is probably one of the fastest available for CD-R. It
looks unassuming apart from the bold letters that state "48x12x48x",
ie. it can write on CD-Rs at upto 48x, CD-RW at 12x and can read
from CDs at 48x. I rarely write on CD-RW, especially because CD-R
are so cheap now (and can be burnt a lot quicker)! Installation
is very easy, and is pretty much the same as all other CD-RW. Nero
software for burning is also bundled, and has a simple drag-n-drop
confirm it is very fast, unsurprisingly. I managed to write 655MB
(of mixed size files) at 48x. It took 2m 45s to write the CD. However,
I could only do this on the approved CD-R that came with the drive.
I tried several other types of media, all of which were reasonably
expensive branded CD-R from Memorex and Kodak, and could only write
at 32x. In any case the time difference was very small: at 32x the
same 655MB took 3m 4s to write, a difference of 19s. The test computer
was a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4, so I would be assuming that it would be
very difficult to better this time. Given that most people use even
cheaper unbranded CD-R, I think that very few people would actually
be able to write at 48x, and the cost of buying special media that
can handle such a speed would slowly build up. The drive itself
is great value at 50 pounds (and a lot cheaper than most other similar
drives on the market).
you want a fast drive this is one of your best choices, especially
with the buffer protection, that will ensure you do not spoil endless
CD-Rs. Having said said that, unless you are prepared to spend extra
on your CD-R, you might as well just stick to 32x models (although
you would still benefit from the 48x read). There's only one problem
with having such a fast CD-RW, you will probably end up burning
even more discs.