Model: Lite-On SHM-165H6S 16x "Super AllWrite" DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Lite-On IT
Provided By: Lite-On IT USA

In the world of optical storage, there are few companies that can claim the same level of success as Lite-On. While once a relatively new name in the industry, this Taiwanese company has taken it by storm, establishing themselves as one of the world's top manufacturers of optical storage products. More recently, Lite-On has expanded into the consumer electronics market and has even announced a strategic alliance with one of its biggest competitors, BenQ.

The latest addition to Lite-On's already impressive line of DVD writers is the SHM-165H6S. Announced in January, this new "Super AllWrite" drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The SHM-165H6S also has many of the features we've come to expect from Lite-On, along with new ones like HyperTuning and OverSpeed. On top of that, the drive supports HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system. Developed as a better alternative to markers and stick on labels, LightScribe lets users burn graphics and text onto the tops of specially coated discs.

With features and specs like this, it's hard not to be impressed by Lite-On's new DVD writer. But as you all know by now, we're not ones to take things at face value. In this review, we'll take an in-depth look at the SHM-165H6S's features and then see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Can the SHM-165H6S deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Lite-On? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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