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Three External USB And eSATA Blu-ray Burners Tested

A Big Performance Surprise!

We wanted to use the fastest-available media for all of our tests, yet our system didn’t always perform perfectly on the first try. Small changes, such as enabling streaming data in Nero’s benchmark software, were needed before everything worked perfectly, and for that we needed additional discs.

We pulled out some old “VERBATIMc” media for basic configuration checks, but came upon some odd results.

Asus pushes our 2009 Verbatim 4x media to 10x max, almost matching our super-expensive imported Sony NN3 media. Everyone wants to see these drives archive data quickly and cheaply, and this is certainly a big step in that direction.

LG wrote our 4x test disks at 8x. While not as fast as Asus, that's still twice the rated speed for this media.

Plextor’s drive saw that this media was rated at 4x and stopped there.

We could easily fault Plextor for not overspeeding old media, but we could also raise questions about data integrity at the higher speed. Fortunately, there were no errors in any of today’s writes, and anyone who doesn’t trust that tidbit is welcome to peruse this article’s photo album for a complete set of scan results.

  • pirateboy
    no LiteOn device? why?
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  • Crashman
    pirateboyno LiteOn device? why?The eHBU212 wasn't available yet when this roundup was initiated last spring. Sorry, other reviews had deadlines.
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  • vdr369
    Yeah, LG drive looks really cool and performs better, nice design and lavish looking
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  • Could you please add a chart about the quality of the burned data itself.
    (I do not know if this is possible?) A lot of people still burn audio CDs and for this the burn quality is normally essential
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  • Crashman
    Mille23Could you please add a chart about the quality of the burned data itself.(I do not know if this is possible?) A lot of people still burn audio CDs and for this the burn quality is normally essentialIt's in the photo album:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/gallery/bd-sl-scan-ASUS,0101-302721-9789-0-0-0-jpg-.html See no errors know no errors.
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  • dimar
    When do we finally get eSATAp?
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  • Crashman
    dimarWhen do we finally get eSATAp?It's been replaced with USB 3.0, and neither of those has enough amperage to power these drives.
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  • dimar
    CrashmanIt's been replaced with USB 3.0, and neither of those has enough amperage to power these drives.
    Not true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESATAp
    I already have the bracket for eSATAp where I have the power supply connected using the 12v/5v molex cable.
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  • Crashman
    dimarNot true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESATApI already have the bracket for eSATAp where I have the power supply connected using the 12v/5v molex cable.That's fine, but it doesn't contradict what I said.

    Let me be more specific: USB 3.0 is primarily for portable devices, eSATA is primarily for stationary devices, and eSATAp is something in the middle that doesn't have enough power for "big" drives such as these.

    The purpose of eSATAp WAS to combine the convenience of USB 2.0 with the performance of eSATA. But the purpose of USB 3.0 IS to combine the convenience of USB 2.0 with the performance of PCIe. This is a was vs is debate, Windows XP is still great too but many people have simply quit using it.

    Hey, I remember external SCSI too!

    BTW, some of these drives DO support eSATA. Forget the P, a USB power connector won't power these drives!
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  • dimar
    CrashmaneSATAp is something in the middle that doesn't have enough power for "big" drives such as these.
    You don't get it. You actually connect the power supply power cable to the back side of the eSATAp connector. It gets the full 12v and 5v load.
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