Home News Reviews Forums Shop


digital research drive at BB

Burn baby burn!

digital research drive at BB

Postby rmdir on Mon Mar 17, 2003 4:02 pm

The product description for item # DRCDRW481648 mentions one of the features is SmartBurn, does this mean it's a Lite-On drive?
rmdir
CD-RW Thug
 
Posts: 82
Joined: Sun Mar 16, 2003 12:29 am
Location: Chicago

Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 17, 2003 4:06 pm

It means there is a decent chance it is a LiteOn. SMART-BURN is LiteOn's trademark, but sometimes the rebadgers apparently print up a big run of boxes and switch drive suppliers before the old boxes are used up. So there is a chance you might not find a LiteOn in there, even though SMART-BURN does, in general, indicate LiteOn. Unfortunately you can't be 100% sure until you buy, open it up, and see.

cfitz
cfitz
CD-RW Curmudgeon
 
Posts: 4572
Joined: Sat Jul 27, 2002 10:44 am

Postby dhc014 on Mon Mar 17, 2003 5:14 pm

CDRW481648 could indicate a BTC or a Benq drive...
dhc014
CD-RW Player
 
Posts: 1368
Joined: Sat Jun 22, 2002 10:36 pm

box

Postby rmdir on Mon Mar 17, 2003 6:17 pm

any way to know by looking at the box? i.e. stickers with part number that can indicate the mfr? I'd hate to get stuck with a POS drive, and I don't think they would take to it kindly if I bring my Xacto knife in and start cutting boxes open.
rmdir
CD-RW Thug
 
Posts: 82
Joined: Sun Mar 16, 2003 12:29 am
Location: Chicago

Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 17, 2003 6:46 pm

Again, there is no way to know for %100 for sure. The SMART-BURN piece hints at LiteOn inside, since it is a LiteOn trademark. The CDRW481648 hints at something other than LiteOn inside, since LiteOn never made a 48x16x48 drive. But then sometimes you might open up the box and see "you got a free upgrade" to a 48x24x48 (which could be a LiteOn again) or even a 52x24x52 (it isn't unheard of, and this could also be a LiteOn - or not).

What is the return policy at the store where you are thinking about purchasing?

And, of course, if you want to be 100% sure you are getting a LiteOn, order from www.newegg.com, where you can buy an OEM LTR-48246S for $47 or an OEM LTR-52246S for $48, plus $6 shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.a ... 14&order=1

cfitz
cfitz
CD-RW Curmudgeon
 
Posts: 4572
Joined: Sat Jul 27, 2002 10:44 am

Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 17, 2003 6:54 pm

Well, I don't work for Best Buy, so I can't say with authority, but it looks like you can return a CD-RW drive, even if opened, without penalty:

http://www.bestbuy.com/InfoCenter/Gener ... &cat=470#3

By the way, did the box itself say "SMART-BURN" and "SMART-X" on it? Or are you relying on the description on the Best Buy web site? Although the text of the web site uses those terms, I don't see anything about "SMART-BURN" or "SMART-X" on the picture of the box from the website, and the drive on the box (not that this is any guarantee either) is not a LiteOn:

Image

Web sites are wrong sometimes.

cfitz
cfitz
CD-RW Curmudgeon
 
Posts: 4572
Joined: Sat Jul 27, 2002 10:44 am

Postby KuoH on Mon Mar 17, 2003 7:13 pm

The one I got, which was probably 6 months ago, was a BenQ drive. Needed several firmware upgrades before it would do 48x reliably.

KuoH
KuoH
CD-RW Thug
 
Posts: 96
Joined: Wed Jun 05, 2002 9:02 am

Postby nutxo on Mon Mar 17, 2003 10:12 pm

i got one,.in the box was a 52x rather than a 48x, it was a benq that would only write at 32 no matter what media i put in it. the seek times were horrible and cpu usage was high. the only thing good i can say about the drive is the thing is cheap, it even feels cheap what ya hold it in yer hands and looks cheap when ya cant see jumper diagram becuase its stamped so lightly :-(

Im just gonna get anouther lite on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
nutxo
Buffer Underrun
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2001 8:00 pm
Location: wa state


Return to CD-R/CD-RW Drives

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

All Content is Copyright (c) 2001-2018 CDRLabs Inc.