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Appeared on: Wednesday, March 05, 2008
ASUS DRW-2014L1T


1. Introduction

ASUS presents this high-speed DVD burner that does not have a solution for Blu Ray media reading, but supports the Lightscribe feature (of which you can read a small presentation somewhere amongst the pages of the present review). It also supports DVD burning up to 20X speed and comes along with an extra Black Panel while at the same time being supposed to be "optimized" for Windows Vista users. We didn't have the luxury to check this drive on Windows Vista, but, this way or the other this fact, along with the SATA interface, can be considered as some of this drive's advantages.


Specification

Buffer 2MB
Lightscribe Yes
Interface SATA
Burning Software Yes

DVD Specification

DVD Read speed 16X
DVD-RAM Write speed 12X
DVD-R DL Write 8X
DVD+R DL Write 8X
DVD+RW Write 8X
DVD-RW Write 6X
DVD Access Time 140 ms
DVD+R Write 20X
DVD-R Write 20X

CD Specification

CD Re-write Speed 32X
CD Read Speed 48X
CD Write Speed 48X
CD Access Time 150 ms

Supported Disc Formats

DVD-RAM
DVD-ROM
DVD+/-R/RW
CD-Test/Extra
Photo CD
CD-DA
Video CD
CD-R
CD-RW

The retail package of the drive includes the Asus drive, a quick installation guide and Nero 7 Essentials software.As we previously mentioned, an extra blank panel is also included.

Below there is an image of the internal of the drive. The heart of the drive is the Mediatek MT1899LE chipset, also met at the company's 1814BLT 18x DVD burner.

- DVD Info Pro

- Nero Info Tool

Update March 5 2008 - New firmware v1.02 was installed.

In this update, we mainly focus in the areas where the Asus drive had given weak performance, mainly during the burning session with DVD recordable media. The following DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL MIDs were burned and tested again:

DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD-R
DVD-R DL

In addition, we tested again the reading /writing performance of the drive with 12x DVD-RAM media. The drive burned them at 14x, meeting the nominal speed.

Notice that the reading tests in the following pages were not updated, since no major issues were reported with the original firmware ver1.00 installed.


2. CD - DVD Reading

For our CD transfer rate tests, we used the Nero CD-Speed utility and a set of data and audio CD-R/RW/ROM. The drive can read CD media at a maximum speed of 48X.

For each CDSpeed graph, you can click on the image to see the complete screenshot, including full measurements.

-CD-ROM

- US RW

The following CD Speed graph shows the reading performance with US-RW media. Reading reached a maximum of 40x.

 

- AudioCD

In the CD Speed Advanced DAE quality test, the drive's average speed was 28,68X with a quality score of 100

- 90/99 mins Audio disc

90min Audio

99min Audio

The ASUS drive achieved to completely read the 99min Audio disc, having some pretty annoying speed ups and downs right before the end of the reading session though. Of course, playback of the last tracks of this audio CD was impossible.

DVD Format

Now let's take a look at how the drive performs with DVD media. This time, a set of SL and DL DVD media was used. The drive is capable of reading at 16X maximum speed for single layer DVD ROM and at 8X for dual layer DVD ROM media.

DVD-ROM SL media -

 

PTP DVD-ROM -

The two layers of a PTP DVD-ROM disc are read sequentially with the drive starting reading from the inner part of the disc, which is the beginning of each layer, progressing towards its outer range.

 

The drive hasproblems to read the last 0.5GB of each layer, although CDSpeed did not give a read error.

OTP DVD-ROM -

The first layer of an OTP dual layer DVD-ROM is read exactly the same way as the first layer of the PTP disc we tested previously. The difference here is the reading strategy of the second layer of the disc. The beginning of the second layer is located in the outer part of the disc, so the drive starts reading from the outer tracks and progresses towards the inner part of the disc.

- DVD-R

- DVD-RW

 

- DVD+R

- DVD+RW

- DVD+R DL

 

-DVD-R DL

 

-DVD RAM (5x media)

- DVD Video Ripping

Ripping of a single layer DVD movie:

Average 8,110KB/s (5,9X)
Maximum 11,294KB/s (8,2X)

- Summary of reading tests

What we have here, are some extraordinarily smooth (a.k.a good) reading sessions -besides the PTP reading strategy of DL media maybe. The only drawback is the fact that the average reading speed comparisons with drives of the same capabilities ended up with the ASUS drive giving back some of the worst scores. . Let's move on Error Correction and burning quality tests to get to know more.


3. CD Error Correction

In the following tests, we check the drive's behavior and error correction capabilities when reading scratched / defective audio discs. The test discs used were the ABEX series from ALMEDIO.

- ABEX TCD-721R

Errors total
Num : 1173529
Errors (Loudness)
56172
(-73.4A)db
Max :-35.0 dB(A)
Error Muting
Num : 3699
Avg : 1.0 Samples
Max : 9 Samples
Skips
Num : 0
Avg : 0.0 Samples
Max : 0 Samples
Total Test Result
76.5 points (of 100.0 maximum)

An average score for the ASUS drive. Although there were no skipped samples, the maximum Errors Loudness level is a slightly higher than needed, at -35.0 dB(A). A lot of error muting that gives us a clear image of the drive's high error hiding capabilities.

- ABEX TCD-726R

Errors total
Num : 0
Errors (Loudness)
Num : 0
Avg : -174.0 dB(A) dB(A)
Max : -174.0 dB(A) dB(A)
Error Muting
Num : 0
Avg : 0.0 Samples
Max : 0 Samples
Skips
Num : 0
Avg : 0.0 Samples
Max : 0 Samples
Total Test Result
100 points (of 100.0 maximum)

No loudness, no skipped samples. Generally, very good cd error correction capabilities that result in a very good score with the artificially defected ABEX 721R drive.

- CD-Check Audio Test Disc

The CD-Check Test Disc is another tool for evaluating the Sound Reproduction / Error correction capabilities of a CD player. The disc offers a signal combination with disc error patterns to rate the drive's abilities to read music and reproduce it completely. Five tracks on the disc contain a sequence of progressively more difficult tests. These tracks are referred to as Check Level-1 through Check Level-5.

The tracks are reproduced through a software multimedia player (e.g. Windows Media Player). Each level is considered as passed, if the tone is smooth, continuous without interruptions, skipping or looping. The higher the Check Level passed, the more reliable the sound reproduction of the tested drive.

Error Level
1
2
3
4
5
ASUS DRW-2014L1T
5/5
5/5
5/5
0/5
0/5

The drive managed to correctly play the first three tracks. Problems occurred with the fourth and fifth tracks. Average behavior here. Concluding, the drive had a relatively good response with CD errors, achieving a good score with the 721R defected disc.


4. DVD Error Correction

In the following tests, we examine the DVD reading capabilities of the drive (error correction) with scratched / defective DVD media. For the tests, we used CDVD Benchmark and Nero CDSpeed. The reference test media comes from ALMEDIO.

- Single Layer media

ABEX TDR-821

This is a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM with a 4.7GB capacity, and its surface has an artificial scratch of dimensions varying from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.

Strange behaviour here. The reading speed increases to 12X from 6X where the artificial defects of the TDR-821 disc become harsher.

ABEX TDR-825

This is also a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM of 4.7GB capacity. The data structure of the disc is exactly the same as that of the TDR-821, with the difference that there are no scratches on it but instead, defective areas of dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.1 mm. There are also fingerprints sized between 65 and 75 micrometers.

 

 

A funny-looking speed up here too, at the place where the artificial defects are thicker.

- Dual Layer media

ABEX TDR-841

This is an 8.5GB dual layer, single sided DVD-ROM disc with artificial scratches of dimensions ranging from 0.4 to 3.0mm, on both layers.

 

Smooth reading here. Good DVD Error Correction behaviour.

ABEX TDR-845

The disc is a single sided, dual layer DVD-ROM disc with a capacity of 8.5GB. The only difference between the TDR-845 and the TDR-841 is that the first includes defective areas and fingerprints.

 

Flawless reading here too! Great DVD Error Correction capabilities.

ABEX TDV-541

The TDV-541 is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc, with a capacity of 8.5GB.The disc is based upon the TDV-540 series which is designed for inspection and adjustment of DVD-VIDEO players. The disc checks the layer switch operation from layer 0 to layer 1 and also includes test pictures and test signals for DVD sound files.

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One more smooth reading. A few un-important speed downs when reading the second layer of the disc.

ABEX TDV-545

The TDV-545 disc is based on the TDV-540 series. It is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc with a capacity of 8.5GB.The TDV-545 includes artificial black dots on the data surface, sized from 0.4 to 1.0 mm. It also has 65 - 75 micrometer fingerprints.

The best way to conclude the DVD error correction page of this review. The perfectly smooth reading.


5. Ritek CDR 48x

For this test (and for all ensuing tests with CD-R media), the CD-R disc was burned to its maximum capacity and at its maximum speed. Then, the same disc is read with the CDSpeed software, and the disc was scanned for digital errors (BLER, C1 and C2) with our system provided by Clover Systems. To simplify the presentation, we present the BLER, E31 and E32 error rates for each disc, which unveil the most serious errors on each disc.

-Disc Info

- Writing - 48x (35.64x average) in 02:49min

 

 

- Reading - 40x (30.83x average)

- Writing Quality - Clover Systems

 

E12 and E22 flags are over limited. No uncorrectable errors though.

- About Clover Systems

The Clover Systems CDX Compact Disc Analyzer is a tool to quantitatively measure the quality of a CD. It will analyze CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-R, Photo-CD, Enhanced CD and CD-RW discs at 4X, 8X, 24X, 32X or 40X speed. It effectively measures disc quality by examining the quantity and severity of CIRC errors generated during playback. It also provides the capability to measure signal parameters related to pit geometry, such as asymmetry and reflectivity. Together, all these bits of information provide a thorough analysis of disc quality. The Clover Systems Analyzers can also perform various format-checking tests on data discs, and do bit-for-bit data comparison on all types of CDs. All tests are carried out at the speed of 4X.

CIRC error correction uses two principles to detect and correct errors. The first is redundancy (extra information is added, which gives an extra chance to read the disc), and the second is interleaving (data is distributed over a relatively large physical area). The CIRC error correction used in CD players uses two stages of error correction, the well known C1 and C2, with de-interleaving of the data between the stages.

The error type E11 means one bad symbol was corrected in the C1 stage. E21means two bad symbols were corrected in the C1 stage. E31 means that there were three or more bad symbols at the C1 stage. This block is uncorrectable at the C1 stage, and is passed to the C2 stage. Respectively, E12 means one bad symbol was corrected in the C2 stage and E22 means two bad symbols were corrected in the C2 stage. E32 means that there were three or more bad symbols in one block at the C2 stage, and therefore this error is not correctable.

BLER (Block Error Rate) is defined as the number of data blocks per second that contain detectable errors, at the input of the C1 decoder. Since this is the most general measurement of the quality of a disc, you will find BLER graphs for all media tested below. If you click on the images you can see a more detailed table, indicating error levels. The Red Book specification (IEC 908) calls for a maximum BLER of 220 per second averaged over ten seconds. Discs with higher BLER are likely to produce uncorrectable errors. Al low BLER shows that the system as a whole is performing well, and the pit geometry is good. However, BLER only tells us how many errors were generated per second, and it does not tell us anything about the severity of those errors.


6. Verbatim CDR 16x

For this test (and for all ensuing tests with CD-R media), the CD-R disc was burned to its maximum capacity and at its maximum speed. Then, the same disc is read with the CDSpeed software, and the disc was scanned for digital errors (BLER, C1 and C2) with our system provided by Clover Systems. To simplify the presentation, we present the BLER, E31 and E32 error rates for each disc, which unveil the most serious errors on each disc.

-Disc Info

- Writing - 16x (16.01x average) in 5:31min

 

- Reading - 40x (30.95x average)

 

- Writing Quality - Clover Systems

 

No uncorrectable errors here too. Good CD writing session till now.


7. Verbatim CDR 32x

For this test (and for all ensuing tests with CD-R media), the CD-R disc was burned to its maximum capacity and at its maximum speed. Then, the same disc is read with the CDSpeed software, and the disc was scanned for digital errors (BLER, C1 and C2) with our system provided by Clover Systems. To simplify the presentation, we present the BLER, E31 and E32 error rates for each disc, which unveil the most serious errors on each disc.

-Disc Info

- Writing - 32x (35.64x average) in 3:22min

- Reading - 40x (30.95x average)

- Writing Quality - Clover Systems

 

 

The ASUS drive keeps on giving back good feedback with CD media writing quality. The reported E31 errors are corectable.


8. Infodisc CDRW 24x

For this test (and for all ensuing tests with CD-R media), the CD-R disc was burned to its maximum capacity and at its maximum speed. Then, the same disc is read with the CDSpeed software, and the disc was scanned for digital errors (BLER, C1 and C2) with our system provided by Clover Systems. To simplify the presentation, we present the BLER, E31 and E32 error rates for each disc, which unveil the most serious errors on each disc.

-Disc Info

- Writing - 24x (21.99x average) in 4:17min

- Reading - 40x (30.91x average)

- Writing Quality - Clover Systems

Good performance with CD-RW media too. E12 and E22 flags are overlimited here too though.


9. Verbatim CDRW 32x

For this test (and for all ensuing tests with CD-R media), the CD-R disc was burned to its maximum capacity and at its maximum speed. Then, the same disc is read with the CDSpeed software, and the disc was scanned for digital errors (BLER, C1 and C2) with our system provided by Clover Systems. To simplify the presentation, we present the BLER, E31 and E32 error rates for each disc, which unveil the most serious errors on each disc.

US-RW media

-Disc Info

- Writing - 24x (23.95x average) in 3:43min

- Reading - 40x (30.93x average)

 

- Writing Quality - Clover Systems

 


10. DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer R 2x
The DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer R 2x is one of the cornerstones in DVD quality control equipment, and is truly unique in the industry. It allows checking of replicated DVDs with single and dual layer structure (DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-14, DVD-18) and written DVD recordable, at 1X and 2X speed. It is based on the Pulstec Reference Pickup and Drive, developed in close co-operation with Pulstec and according to the standards of the DVD Forum.

In short, the device's features include:

An explanation of the various parameters the DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer R 2x offers is available here. At the same page, you can read more details about the error signals and a brief analysis the possible meaning of its parameter in the overall quality of each burn.


11. CMC MAG AM3 DVD-R 16x

We start our DVD writing quality measurements with DVD-R media. A variety of different MIDs were selected and burned at the maximum allowed speed. In each of the following pages, you will find detailed information about each disc, the burning and reading procedure as well as the related signal measurements that construct the overall quality picture for each disc.

You can always navigate across to the different MIDs in this review, using the page navigation drop down menu.

- Media Info

 

- Writing -16x (11.33x average) in 06:03min

 

 

- Reading - 12X (9.08X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

A good overall burning, despite the POFs reported at the very end of the data area, which did not seem to affest the reading process.


12. DAXON016S DVD-R 16x

- Media Info

- Writing -16x (11.31x average) in 06:01min

- Reading - 12X (9.09X average)

 

DaTARIUS Scans -

Again some POFs here. A relatively good writing which is considered as a failure though.


13. MCC 03RG20 DVD-R 16x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -16x (11.08x average) in 06:25min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.09X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

No POF's ere but the PISum8 flag is pushed to its limits.


14. OPTODISC R016 DVD-R 16x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -16x (11.22x average) in 06:07min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.08X average)

 

DaTARIUS Scans -

A small unscanned area and a lot of "red" flags. There is one single POF here too and the PISum8 flag keeps itching the drive's raised standards.


15. PRODICS F02 DVD-R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -16x (11.30x average) in 06:02min

 

 

- Reading - 12X (9.08X average)

 

DaTARIUS Scans -

Pretty good results with the ProdiscF02 disc. PISum8 errors increased as the burning speed gradually reached the maximum 16x, but they did not exceed the specification's limits. A significant improvement compared to the results we got with the early firmware installed.


16. PRODISC S05 DVD-R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -16x (11.20x average) in 06:12min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.08X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

Again a very good burn at 16x.


17. TTH02 DVD-R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing 16x (11.33x average) in 06:02min

The new firmware added support for the specific MID. In our previous tests, the drive had lowered the birnong speed at 8x, to finally aacelerate at 14x max by the end of the disc.

- Reading - 12X (8.25X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

Good work here with the PISum8 flag to increase at the end of the scanning test, stying however within acceptable limits.


18. TYG03 DVD-R 20x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing 20x (14.46x average) in 04:51min

 

 

The drive reached the maximum 20x speed for a while but shortely slowed down to resume at 16x. This drop resulted to some PiSum8 spikes as you can see in the corresponding graphs below.

- Reading - 12X (9.09X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

Maximum PiSum8 reached the 266, which is close enough to the strict limits for DVD (280). The disc was readable.


19. CMC MAG AM4 DVD-R 20x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing 20x (14.51x average) in 05:01min

 

 

- Reading - 12X (8.99X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

Maximum PiSum8 reached the 498 which is beyond the strict limits for DVD (280). POFs were also reported.


20. MKM 01RW6X01 DVD-RW 6x

- Media Info

- Writing -6x (5.93x average) in 10:39min

 

- Reading - 8X (6.21X average)

 

Disc Quality - ALChecker

1 uncorrectable error with Verbatim's DVD-RW media. One more failure for the ASUS drive.


21. MKM 01RD30 DVD-R DL 4x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -4x (3.88x average) in 28:18min

 

 

- Reading - 8X (6.13X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

- Layer 0

- Layer 1

The perfectly flawless scanning test. There is not a single digital error here. Probably the best writing session till now at 4x.


22. MKM 03RD30 DVD-R DL 8x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -8x (5.95x average) in 20:40min

 

The drive did not maintain the 8x burning speed at the end of the layer 0 and the beginning of layer 1.

- Reading 8X

 

DaTARIUS Scans -

- Layer 0

- Layer 1

This is a good result with no uncorrectable errors.


23. DAXON AZ3 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -16x (11.53x average) in 05:59min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.06X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

One single digital error that prevents the drive from achieving one more passable scanning session while -at the same time- being way far from "totally failed".


24. MAXELL 003 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing -16x (11.63x average) in 06:00min

 

- Reading - 12X

DaTARIUS Scans -


25. OPTODISC R16 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -16x (11.56x average) in 06:11min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.10X average)

 

DaTARIUS Scans -

Nearly a success with this OPTODISC's DVD+R disc. The PIsum8 flag is overlimited but we've seen worse.


26. OPTODISC R04 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info

- Writing -16x (11.63x average) in 6:00min

- Reading - 12X (9.09X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

Digital errors near the end of the scanned area.


27. PRODISC R05 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info

- Writing -16x (11.52x average) in 06:05min

 

- Reading - 12X (9.09X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

What we have here is a total success of the ASUS drive-OPTODISC media combination with not even a single digital error and with the PIsum8 flag being only a little worrying.


28. RICOHJPN R03 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing -16x (11.57x average) in 06:04min

- Reading - 12X (9.11X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

A harsh PISum8 diagram, a large ammount of PISum8's and one single POF again. The ASUS drive fails here to achieve the desired result.


29. MCC 004 DVD+R 20x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -20x (14.13x average) in 05:11min

 

 

- Reading - 12X

DaTARIUS Scans -

Correctable errors peaked at around 2.5~2.8GB mark, exceeding the limits. Readability was not affected. Compared to the results we had reported with firmware Ver1.00 installed, the improvement is significant.


30. YUDEN000 T03 DVD+R 16x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -16x (11.46x average) in 06:03min

 

- Reading - 12X

DaTARIUS Scans -


31. CMC MAG M02 DVD+R 20x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

- Writing -16x (13.47x average) in 05:17min

 

 

- Reading - 12X

 

DaTARIUS Scans -


32. MKM A03 DVD+RW 8x

- Media Info

 

- Writing -8x (7.46x average) in 08:33min

- Reading - 8X (6.22X average)

Disc Quality - ALChecker

The ALChecker software gives back the "Disc Condition is Good" message here but this is probably a bug. There is a couple of UncPO errors.


33. MKM 003 DVD+R DL 8x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing -8x (5.21x average) in 23:35min

 

- Reading - 8X (6.23X average)

DaTARIUS Scans -

- Layer 0

- Layer 1

Very good performance and remarkable improvement compared with the previous results with firmware ver1.00.


34. MXL 16 DVD-RAM 5x

- Media Info

- Writing -5x (4.89x average) in 11:33min

 

- Reading - 5X (5.00X average)

 


35. MXL 22 DVD-RAM 14x

- Media Info Updated firmware v1.02

 

- Writing 14x (10.27x average) in 6:02min

 

This is the faster DVD-RAM recording burn we have ever experienced. The disc was fully recorded in 6:02 minutes using the 14X CAV writing strategy. However, this is not the best recording time we have ever reported. The Samsung SH-S203D drive had finished in just in 5:45 minutes, using a 12x P-CAV strategy.

- Reading - 12X

 

The disc was readable although the CDSpeed graph unveils that it was not an easy task for the drive. For this reason, we tested the same disc in a different DVD-RAM reader, the Samsung SH-S203D drive.

As you can see in the graph below, the disc was fully readable:


36. Media List - Booktype - DVD Overburning

In the following table, we have gathered the findings of the DVD quality measurement tests. Note that each disc was measured under the same conditions with the DaTARIUS equipment. On the left side of the table, you can find the discs that did not produce uncorrectable digital errors, while on the right side are the rest of the discs. For detailed measurement data, visit the corresponding pages.

Media type
No uncorrectable digital errors, correctable digital errors within limits (PISum8)
Uncorrectable Digital errors (POF)
DVD-R
CMC MAG.AM3 burned at 16X DAXON016S burned at 16X
MCC 03RG20 burned at 16X OPTODISC R016 burned at 16X
PRODISC F02 burned at 16X CMC MAG AM4 20X
PRODISC S05 burned at 16X  
TTH02 burned at 16X
TYG03 burned at 20X
DVD+R
PRODISC R05 001 (01h) burned at 16X DAXON AZ3 000 (00h) burned at 16X
MAXELL 003 000 (00h) burned at 16X PRODISC R04 004 (04h) burned at 16X
OPTODISC R16 000 (00h) burned at 16X RICOHJPN R03 004 (04h) burned at 16X
MCC 004 000 (00h) burned at 20X CMC MAG M02 burned at 16X
YUDEN000 T03 000 (00h) burned at 16X  
DVD-R DL MKM 03RD30 burned at 8X  
MKM 01RD30 burned at 4X
DVD+R DL MKM 003 000 (00h) burned at 8X  
DVD-RW   Verbatim MKM 01RW6X01 burned at 6x
DVD+RW   MKM A03 000 (00h) burned at 8X

- Booktype Settings

 

The drive does not support booktype feature with DVD+R, DVD+R DL and DVD+RW media.

- DVD Overburning

 

The drive DOES support overburning of DVD recordable media, according to CDSpeed.


37. LightScribe
We burned the upper surface of a Lightscribe disc using the Droppix Label Maker Software. There are plenty of such utilities and also fully fixed designs for this purpose at www.lightscribe.com.


38. Conclusion

The ASUS DRW-2014L1T drive had left us with a few doubts after completing the tests with the original firmware Ver1.00 installed. However, with the firmware Ver1.02, Asus engineers managed to correct the majority of the remarks we reported in the first version of this review, mainly addressing issues related to the support for new DVD recordable media, as well as to the writing strategy for some other MIDs.

The points that need to be mentioned are the following:

Overall, the Asus burner performed decently. It' s support for all CD and DVD media is convenient enough for everyday tasks, while it offers the desired reliability during burning /reading.

The drive's price ranges from $58.19 to $101.50 at 19 e-stores.



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