One of the latest additions to Lite-On's already impressive line of DVD writers is the LH-20A1L. This new Serial ATA equipped "Super AllWrite" drive is capable of 20x 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. Along with support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system, the LH-20A1L also features many of the technologies we've come to expect from Lite-On, including more advanced ones like SmartWrite and OverSpeed.
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Despite being an early endorser of Blu-ray, LG has made it easier for consumers to go high-def by developing products that support both formats. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the company unveiled their first dual-format "Super Multi Blue" drive, the GGW-H10N. This all in one solution combines a Blu-ray Disc writer and HD DVD-ROM drive into a single unit. The drive not only gives users the ability to enjoy movies in both formats, it lets them store up to 50GB of data or four hours worth of HD video onto a single Blu-ray disc. The GGW-H10N also takes Blu-ray recording to the next level with a maximum BD-R writing speed of 4x.

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While LG has fully embraced Blu-ray and HD DVD, they haven't abandoned the DVD quite yet. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the company unveiled their latest "Super-Multi" drive, the GSA-H55L. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, the drive is capable of 20x DVD±R, 10x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The GSA-H55L also boasts an impressive list of features including HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system and LG's new SecurDisc technology. With SecurDisc, users can protect their data against unauthorized access and increase the chances of it being recovered should the disc become damaged.

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This February, Plextor introduced its second-generation ultra-portable DVD writer, the PX-608CU. Based loosely on the Pioneer DVR-K16, this stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. Plextor has also given the PX-608CU a number of enhancements including the ability to power itself off of a computer's USB bus. By eliminating the need for an AC power source, you can burn CD's and DVD's wherever you go.

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With other drive manufacturers starting to push DVD writing speeds to 18x and beyond, ASUS has answered the challenge with the DRW-1814BLT. Designed in-house by their own team of engineers, this Serial ATA equipped "Super-Multi" drive takes DVD writing speeds to the next level. The DRW-1814BLT not only offers 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds, it's the first drive with the ability to write to DVD-RAM media at 14x. Of course, ASUS hasn't stopped there. Along with support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system, the DRW-1814BLT includes features like ASUS's own FlextraLink, FlextraSpeed and QuieTrack technologies.

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Unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, SecurDisc protects data on optical media at both the user and storage levels. At the user level, it uses password protection and AES-128 encryption to prevent unauthorized access. While this concept is nothing new, SecurDisc adds an extra layer of security by utilizing a hardware and software-based solution. To prevent modification, a digital signature can be applied to data so that its authenticity can be verified.

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This past fall, ASUS unveiled their first LightScribe enabled DVD writer, the DRW-1612BL. Designed in-house by ASUS's own team of engineers, this new "Super-Multi" drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Along with support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system, the DRW-1612BL also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for ASUS's FlextraLink, FlextraSpeed and QuieTrack technologies.

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While best known for its recordable media, Memorex offers an assortment of computer peripherals, including its own line of CD and DVD drives. With their good looks and impressive specs, these drives have been a hit with consumers right from the start. This winter, Memorex introduced its first 18x DVD writer, the MRX-525G. Based on the LG GSA-H22N, the MRX-525G 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. Memorex's new drive also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

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One of the latest additions to Plextor's already impressive line of DVD writers is the PX-755UF. Sporting the same specs as its internal counterpart, the PX-755A, this new external drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 10x DVD+R DL and 6x DVD-R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. As part of Plextor's "Premium" series of drives, the PX-755UF also boasts an impressive list of features. Along with old favorites like VariRec and PoweRec, the PX-755UF supports a number of more advanced technologies like GigaRec, Q-Check and AUTOSTRATEGY.

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CDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Lite-On's new 20x "Super AllWrite" drive, the Lite-On LH-20A1H. This highly anticipated drive features some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available. The LH-20A1H is capable of 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The drive also has many of the features we've come to expect from Lite-On, along with more advanced ones like SmartWrite. To top it all off, the LH-20A1H includes support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system.
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