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Lite-On Delivers 24x DVD Writers Soon

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Optical drive maker Lite-On revealed its plans to ship new internal DVD writers capable of speeds up to 24x

Monday Lite-On said that its new line of internal DVD writers will be the fastest on the market, writing at speeds up to 24X. Select drives will also feature the company's unique labeling and data erasing features, LabelTag and SmartErase. The first two models will hit retail shelves during the second half of March, while the third model (iHAS624) - the only one featuring Lite-On's LabelTag technology- will be available mid-May.

“PLDS is proud to manufacture the fastest 24X writers in the market, especially with included technologies such as LabelTag,” said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager at PLDS. “LabelTag provides a cost-effective and flexible method for professional disc labeling, a great solution for today’s busy professional, and people on-the-go.”

According to the company, its LabelTag technology allows users to create a label ring on the data side of any standard recordable media (without the need for special media). Users are still able to add data after the making a label as well. As for SmartErase, which comes standard on all the 24X models, the bundled software provides users with a permanent solution for erasing discs with confidential data... everything is securely erased and cannot be recaptured.

Additionally, two of the three models will also feature Lite-On's LightScribe technology: the iHAP424 and the iHAS624.

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    Anonymous , February 11, 2009 4:50 PM
    I thought LightScribe was HP's technology... :-\
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    squatchman , February 11, 2009 4:50 PM
    Is there media that supports write speeds that high?
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    aracheb , February 11, 2009 4:53 PM
    we dont want faster dvd writer..
    we want cheaper blue ray writer...

    and anyway the recommended speed for writing a dvd is less than 16x if you want your dvd to be compatible with most devices..
    so why the need for more speed.?
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    joex444 , February 11, 2009 6:03 PM
    Considering you only get to write at 24x for the very last few MB on a disc I can't see much of a purpose for this. This is like the 52x burners that came out for CDs... it wasn't noticeably faster than 48x. More stupid products for stupid people.
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    Nintendork , February 11, 2009 7:27 PM
    I don't even use DVD writers anymore. Just more and more 1TB+ hd. Not even blu-ray writer decerve to be bought.
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    Anonymous , February 11, 2009 10:51 PM
    we need more reliable drives than faster ones
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    JonnyDough , February 11, 2009 11:20 PM
    Improving technology is never stupid.

    Blu-Ray may be the future but there are people that still want to rip new CDs or put an photo album on a disc. A regular DVD can be backed up too. This product is designed to save time, and anyone interested in purchasing a new DVD burner for an old build or whatever will appreciate this. There are still people buying DVD burners believe it or not, even though I personally wouldn't unless an old system needed one.

    Furthermore, the technological changes they used to make these write speeds may apply similarly to their Blu-Ray burners. I would look for good write speeds on future Blu-Ray players from Lite-On.
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    tenor77 , February 12, 2009 12:07 PM
    I'm not sure why the negative marks on some of these posts. I'm right with them that when I do burn a DVD I always have to do it at a low speed or else the disk is wasted half the time. Why is it wrong to expect that if a writer can do 24x or even 16x speeds that it is reliable?

    For those of us that have turned countless disks into coasters I think it's natural to view this with a degree of doubt of it's performance and neccessity.
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    squatchman , February 12, 2009 12:48 PM
    again.... Do they even make DVD media that is rated to be written at 24x yet?
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    JonnyDough , February 12, 2009 6:07 PM
    tenor77I'm not sure why the negative marks on some of these posts. I'm right with them that when I do burn a DVD I always have to do it at a low speed or else the disk is wasted half the time. Why is it wrong to expect that if a writer can do 24x or even 16x speeds that it is reliable?For those of us that have turned countless disks into coasters I think it's natural to view this with a degree of doubt of it's performance and neccessity.


    It's wrong to think that a 24x burn speed is unreliable because that's what they just did...was INCREASE THE SPEED THAT YOU CAN WRITE AT. Why doesn't anyone get this?
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    JonnyDough , February 12, 2009 6:09 PM
    squatchmanagain.... Do they even make DVD media that is rated to be written at 24x yet?


    Uhh, yes? It's the writers that have the issue. The DVDs are quite capable. Even if they weren't, you don't think that they would release a matching product to go with their burner? That's like assuming that Blu-Ray is going to be marketed without the discs.
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    squatchman , February 12, 2009 8:41 PM
    Quote:
    Uhh, yes? It's the writers that have the issue. The DVDs are quite capable. Even if they weren't, you don't think that they would release a matching product to go with their burner? That's like assuming that Blu-Ray is going to be marketed without the discs.


    I see lots of 16x media, but no 20x or even 24x. If the problem was entirely on the burners then why even rate the media by speed?
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    JonnyDough , February 13, 2009 7:17 AM
    The media rating is based solely on the consistency of the track or layers. The drive itself has to make sure what it is trying to write is written, that's why it reads it as it writes it and compares it to the original file on the hard drive. Burners have write error detection, and you can enable a second check with most of them.

    Higher quality discs can be burned faster without errors because there are fewer inconsistencies. However, the rating is only a guaranteed rating which was put in place by the group overseeing the standards for DVDs (DVD Consortium, now the DVD Forum). A 4X DVD-R can in fact be written at 20X speed, it's just very likely to produce errors and not be a readable disc (who hasn't made a coaster trying to burn?).

    Higher quality discs were never made because that perfect of a disc is rare to create and was never really needed due to few readers being able to burn that perfectly, not to mention many people write at slower speeds for perfection and better quality anyway.

    A 24X burner may pave the way to better quality DVD discs, but due to the scratching problem that DVDs have, and due to Blu-Ray already being larger capacity and more resistant to scratching, it is likely that this technology will simply find its way over into the Blu-Ray market. It may not be heralded as a GREAT invention, but it is still a WORTHWHILE invention. It is similar to ramping up from a 5400rpm hard drive to a 7200rpm hard drive and being able to obtain the same longevity/heat output.
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    JonnyDough , February 13, 2009 7:18 AM
    A few links if you are interested in reading up on DVD, never mind that it's Wiki.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_Forum
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    squatchman , February 13, 2009 1:07 PM
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    A 4X DVD-R can in fact be written at 20X speed, it's just very likely to produce errors and not be a readable disc (who hasn't made a coaster trying to burn?).


    I really don't see where I'm wrong in my logic, and you seem to be aggressively agreeing with me while at the same time trying to prove me wrong?
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    tenor77 , February 13, 2009 2:13 PM
    jonnydoughIt's wrong to think that a 24x burn speed is unreliable because that's what they just did...was INCREASE THE SPEED THAT YOU CAN WRITE AT. Why doesn't anyone get this?


    And Al Gore invented the internet.
    Just because they advertise 24 burn speed does not mean it's reliable.
    I get that it allows you to write at 24 speed. Mine burns at 20x (Light-On brand)....and turns the disk into a coaster half the time so for it to be reliable I always burn at 2x.

    So naturally if my burner is unreliable at 20x, then what's making a faster drive more reliable? I'm not saying that faster isn't better (not what she said) but telling me you can make a coaster out of my DVD twice as fast isn't making me excited.