Model: Lite-On eTAU208 8x USB 2.0 DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Lite-On IT
Provided By: Lite-On IT USA

In 1995, Lite-On Technology gathered a group of scientists and engineers to help jumpstart their optical storage research and manufacturing business. Lite-On Technology quickly established themselves as Taiwan’s leading CD-ROM drive manufacturer and by 1999 the business had been 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 growing popularity of notebook and netbook computers, Lite-On has set its sights on the portable optical drive market. Over the last year or so, the company has introduced a number of new external slim DVD writers. One of the latest additions to this line is the eTAU208. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. Along with a unique top-load design, the eTAUS208 also features many of the technologies we've come to expect from Lite-On, as well as HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the eTAU208 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect from Lite-On's external slim DVD writer, we'll take a look at some of the drive's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Is the eTAU208 the best choice for the person on the go? Keep reading as we find out.

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