CDRLabs kicks off the week with an in depth look at Sony's new 18x DVD±RW/RAM drive, the DRU-830A. Sporting some pretty impressive specs, this Samsung based drive 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. The DRU-830A also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Power-Burn buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

In this review we'll take a look at some of the features found on the DRU-830A and see how it compares to some of the 16x and 18x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does Sony's new drive have what it takes? You'll have to read the review to find out.


Sony DRU-830A 18x DVD±RW/RAM
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The guys at CD Freaks have put together a review of Plextor's new portable DVD writer, the PX-608CU. Here's what they had to say:
As the current maximum writing speed on DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW media for slim-line drives are 8x/8x/24x/24x, the Plextor PX-608CU are up-to-date on these specifications.

Bitsetting on DVD+R DL media is also a welcome inclusion and ensures good playback compatibility with set top DVD players.
If you'd like to read more, CD Freaks' entire review can be found here. Add a comment
CDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Samsung's new "Super-Multi" drive, the SH-S182D. While affordably priced, the drive features some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available. The SH-S182D is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, its one of the first drives with the ability to read and write to DVD-RAM media at 12x.

In this review we'll take a look at some of the features found on the SH-S182D and see how it compares to some of the 16x and 18x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does Samsung's new "Super-Multi" drive have what it takes? Is it the fastest DVD writer around? You'll have to read the review to find out.


Samsung SH-S182D 18x DVD±RW/RAM
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Miguel over at Extreme Mhz has put together a new "Extreme Guide" for LightScribe technology. In it, he covers a number of topics including the new v1.2 media and high contrast utility.
As more LightScribe enabled drives hit the market, and drive's reaching an all time low in terms of cost, many more users are purchasing these drives and taking advantage of what this technology has to offer. However, it may be the first LightScribe drive for most, and after receiving a number of emails with help on getting the feature to work properly, I found it was time for another "Extreme Guide" here at ExtremeMHz. This Extreme Guide to LightScribe Labeling will cover basically everything, including media, software, performance and tips. It should give many novice users a jump start and get them burning quality labels with ease. Also, for those wondering if the new "Ver. 1.2" discs are indeed faster, I will definitely cover this in the article and compare the difference in burn times over first gen media."
There's a lot of great info in this guide. If you'd like to read more, the entire guide can be found here. Add a comment
The results are in and our readers have chosen the Pioneer DVR-111/A11 as the top DVD writer for the month of September. Here are the top drives:
  1. Pioneer DVR-111/A11
  2. BenQ DW1650/1655
  3. LG GSA-H10N/H10L/H10A
  4. (tied) Lite-On SHM-165H6S/165P6S and Plextor PX-760A/760SA
Your favorite drive didn't make it onto the list? Then go and vote for October's top DVD writer. Add a comment
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BCCHardware has put together a review of LG's new "Super-Multi" drive, the GSA-H10N. Here's what they had to say about it:
Basically at the end of the day, this drive met my expectations. It seems that lately there really haven't been many exciting new technologies when it comes to DVD/CD Burners, and when I started this drive I was pretty sure there wasn't going to be anything that jumped out and surprised me. It really makes giving this drive a final score tough, I couldn't give it a perfect score just since it really didn't blow me away or anything, however it has very solid numbers and therefore scored quite high in the end.
If you'd like to read more, head on over to BCCHardware and check out their review. Want a second opinion? Our review of the GSA-H10N can be found here. Add a comment
The guys at CD Freaks have taken a look at Samsung's new 18x "Super-Multi" drive, the SH-S182D. Here's a sample of what they had to say:
The total 18x DVD writing times are very good and the quality ok on this Samsung SH-S182D.

The CD-R write quality is excellent with the Samsung SH-S182D, with most tested CD-R media returning impressive results. Write performance was also impressive with many burns well under 3 minutes.
We too have a review of the SH-S182D in the works. In the mean time, head on over to CD Freaks and check out their review. Add a comment
Today we bring you a review of ASUS's latest "Super-Multi" drive, the DRW-1608P3S. Based on the Pioneer DVR-111, the drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRW-1608P3S also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for technologies like FlextraLink and FlextraSpeed.

In this review we'll take a look at some of the features found on the DRW-1608P3S and see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does ASUS's drive have what it takes? You'll have to read the review to find out.


ASUS DRW-1608P3S 16x DVD±RW/RAM
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