Model: Lite-On iHAS424-08 24x "Super AllWrite" DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Lite-On IT
Provided By: Lite-On IT USA

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.

While Lite-On has begun to focus on the growing Blu-ray Disc market, they haven't abandoned the DVD quite yet. The company has continued to push the limits of the format, developing drives with new features and faster DVD writing speeds. One of the latest additions to Lite-On's already impressive line of DVD writers is the iHAS424-08. This Serial ATA equipped "Super AllWrite" drive is capable of 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW  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 iHAS424 also features many of the technologies we've come to expect from Lite-On, including more advanced ones like SmartWrite, SmartErase and OverSpeed.

With features and specs like this, the iHAS424 sounds like it has a lot of potential. To give you an idea of what to expect from Lite-On's new DVD writer, we'll take a look at some of its features and then see how it compares to some of the 22x and 24x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does the iHAS424 have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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