Lite-On IT got its start in 1995 when its parent company, Lite-On Technology, gathered a group of scientists and engineers to start an optical storage research and manufacturing business. Lite-On Technology quickly established itself as Taiwan’s largest CD-ROM drive manufacturer and by 1999 the business had spun off into a separate company, Lite-On IT. Since then, Lite-On IT has continued to grow. By working closely with companies like BenQ and Philips, they've expanded into the consumer and automotive electronics markets, becoming the world's second largest ODD manufacturer.
With the format war coming to an end, Lite-On has set its sights on the emerging Blu-ray Disc market. Through their partnership with Philips, the company has been given access to numerous patents, allowing them to produce their own line of Blu-ray drives. This summer, the company introduced its second-generation Blu-ray Disc writer, the DH-4B1S. This Serial ATA equipped drive is capable of 4x BD-R, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-R DL writing speeds as well as a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 4x. The DH-4B1S also sports an 8MB buffer and is backwards compatible with most major CD and DVD formats. To top it all off, Lite-On has included a full featured software bundle from CyberLink.
This is just a sample of what Lite-On's 4x Blu-ray Disc writer has to offer. Over the next few pages we'll take a look at the DH-4B1S's features and then see how it compares to some of the the Blu-ray Disc writers from LG and Sony. Does the DH-4B1S have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading to find out.