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Friday, January 16, 2009
LiteOn eSAU208

1. Features, specs

This time we put LiteOn's new 8X External Slim DVD Writer to the test. This compact and fancy drive supports most CD and DVD media formats currently available. It is powered via the USB interface, so there is no need for extra AC adapters. Although this drive is not one of the fastest externals that you can find, its ultra slim coating and low weight, along with its capability to be powered from the USB make it a good recommendation for those that do not have a drive on their laptop and definitely need one.

Writing speeds in detail are set as follows: 8X for DVD±R, 6X for DVD±R DL, 8X for DVD+RW, 6X for DVD-RW, 5X for DVD-RAM, 24X for CD-R and 24X for CD-RW.

The drive's key features can be summarized in the following list:

  • USB powered portable DVD writer with vertical stand. USB powered means that you do not need an AC adapter to use the drive, it is powered via it connection to the PC.
  • LightScribe direct disc labeling, with LightScribe media.
  • Smart-Burn, a technology which minimizes buffer underrun conditions.
  • Smart-X for fastest CD-DA/VCD/DVD data extraction speed
  • Power saving function
  • Flash ROM for on-line programming capability

- Drive Specifications

DVD Family Write
Read 24X
Access time 130ms
CD Family Write
CD-R 24X
Read 24X
Access time 110ms
PC Required Pentium 4 1.3GHz or higher CPU and 128MB or higher RAM are required.
HDD must have access time < 20ms; with a minimum of 650MB free
9GB free space for creating a DVD image file (9GB for double layer; 5GB for single layer).
Compatibility Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Buffer Size 2MB
MTBF (Life) 60,000 POH
General Environment
Operating 5°C to 35°C; Relative Humidity: 10% to 80%
Non-Operating -40°C to 65°C; Relative Humidity: 10% to 90%
Dimension 138(W) x 24.37(H) x 155.2(D) mm
Weight < 362.8g

-The Retail Box

The Package contains the following items:

  • External Slim 8X DVD Writer
  • USB Y Cable
  • Nero 7 Essential Software
  • Vertical Stand
  • Optional AC Power Adapter

-The Drive

Slim and stylish, the drive has a simplistic design that is usually welcomed by the office users as well by all those who may use it on the go.

Using the included stand you can save much space on your desk by placing the drive in a vertical position.

The rear rounded side of the drive includes the USB 2.0 port as well as the power connector, used to power up the device when AC outlet is available.

Our test sample was manufactured on September 2008 in China.

- Installation

The drive was identified under Windows XP as "Slimtype eSAU208 2 ", firmware version ML03. For all our tests, we powered the device using the AC adapter.

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