Model: AOpen DSW1812P 18x DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: AOpen
Provided By: AOpen America

The name AOpen has been a favorite among computer enthusiasts for as long as I can remember. A member of the Wistron Group, this Taiwanese company is recognized as one of the world's leading manufacturers of PC components and peripherals. While best known for their motherboards, video cards and small form-factor PC's, AOpen is no stranger to the optical storage industry. Over the years, they're introduced a wide range of products for the portable and desktop markets.

The DSW1812P is the latest addition to AOpen's growing lineup of DVD writer. Announced in September, the DSW1812P is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Of course, AOpen's new drive isn't just about reading and writing DVD's. The DSW1812P also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Super Link buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

With features and specs like this, AOpen's new DVD writer sounds like it has a lot of potential. To give you an idea of what to expect from the DSW1812P we'll take a look at its features and then see how it stacks up against the 16x and 18x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does AOpen's new drive have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading to find out.

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