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Review of the Lite-On 8x External Slim DVD Writer

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So you may ask yourself why you need an external DVD writer? Well, there could be plenty of reasons. You may have a netbook or other laptop that doesn’t have a DVD drive, or you may have a Windows Home Server that doesn’t have a drive. Whatever the reason, having a small external DVD writer available to use can be a great help.

Yes, there are ways around needing an external drive – such as using USB sticks to install software or copy files, but at the end of the day, having a good old fashioned DVD writer is simple, easy and relatively cheap!

A lot of the external DVD writers out there are quite big, in fact, in some cases are the size of a brick, and then they have their own separate power supplies. If you have a netbook for example, the last thing you want is an external drive that is as big, and even heavier than your actual computer!

This is where the Lite-On 8x External Slim DVD Writer comes into play. It really is tiny, weighs next to nothing and is powered directly from the computer, so no extra power supply to lug around.

SPECIFICATION

Interface: High Speed USB 2.0

Data Transfer Rate :

Write

DVD+R : 8X maximum

DVD-R : 8X maximum

DVD+R DL : 6X maximum

DVD-R DL : 6X maximum

DVD-RAM : 5X maximum

CD-R : 24X maximum

Rewrite

DVD+RW : 8X maximum

DVD-RW : 6X maximum

CD-R : 24X maximum

Read
8X maximum

Access time
130ms

Weight : <350g

Buffer Size : 2MB

Colours: White, Black, Red, Blue

Liteon Box - FrontLiteon Box - Back Liteon Box - Side

BOX CONTENTS

The box contains only four things – the DVD writer, a USB cable and software disk and quick guide.

Liteon Box Contents

The quick guide is literally a couple of short lines in connecting the drive and installing the software, but that is really all that you need.

The bundled software is Nero 8 Essentials, so you have everything you need to write DVDs. Considering this is a new device it would have been better to have shipped it with Nero 9, just because that is the latest version. And of course, you don’t have to use Nero 8, you could use whatever you wanted, including the built in writing capabilities of Windows.

A LOOK AT THE DRIVE

The drive itself is very small, and in fact is only a little bigger than a DVD.

The front has a single button to open the drive and the back has a single mini USB connection and a small LED light to show you if the drive is on and usable (blue means ok, flashing red means that there is not enough power to use the drive properly).

Liteon - FrontLiteon - Back

Connecting the drive to your computer is simple, just plug one end of the USB cable into your computer and the mini USB end into the drive. If the LED flashes red then you can plug in the additional USB connector into your computer to give additional power.

CONCLUSION

This is a nice drive, and is very simple to use. Because it is connected via USB it is never going to be as fast as an internal drive, but the chances are that you are considering buying something like this because you cant have an internal drive. It is very quiet, which means if you are going to use to watch movies, for example, it helps!

My only real comment on this drive is the USB cable. It is very short which meant that when I tested it on a desktop PC I literally had it hanging off the front, which is not a good move!

This drive currently retails for around £50, and I can honestly say that if you need an external drive, for any reason, this one is well worth considering.

Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I HAVE JUST BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT BUT UNFORTUNATELY I COULDN'T GET MY NETBOOK(SAMSUNG N110) TO RECOGNISE IT. CAN YOU ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO?

    LAWRENCE

    • Lawrence – did you use the USB cables that came with the drive? And did you connect BOTH of the connectors to the netbook?

      I literally was just using it a few moments ago on an Acer Aspire D250 and needed to connect both USB connectors to get it to work.

      Andrew

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