Lite-On LDW-401S DVD Writer

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Lite-On LDW-401S


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW PCAV
DVD-R
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DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R CLV
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$200 9.3/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
2 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BMI 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Generation 2 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ednet 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lite-On 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MATCO 2.4xDVD+R (...........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 2.4xDVD+R (DDDessauV10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medion 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Philips 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 ProMaster 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 2.4xDVD+R (SKYMEDIAR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sunstar 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Bought from NewEgg for $105, and its one of my best buy this year. I tested it using Maxell 1X-4X 4.7GB DVD+R. I didn't bother using the bundled software since it had such bad reviews here(Sonic), and you have to unstall 'Intel Accelerator' which I didn't want to do. I used DVD Encrypter to rip my 'Slayers The Movie' DVD, then burned it by ImgTools. It was flawless, 5 mins to rip and 5 mins to burn (both estimates). The backup copy works with my Panasonic S35 DVD player, Xbox and PS2. Then I used the Lite-On 4X DVD+R that came in the package to backup my Data, it was also a success. The only problem I have is its Long read time on first spin, otherwise its all good. I've been using TDKs and Ritek (4X 4.7GB) DVD+R's and no coasters.


Comments posted by M Perez from Other, October 19, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have had this drive for 2 days now and I love it! I purchased it from NCIX for $149.98 (Canadian) and haven't looked back. Not only is this drive a speedy and good quality writer, but it also is an incredible DVD reader! This drive has read even my CRAPPIEST burned DVDs, which so far no other PC DVD drive has been able to read more then half of, and this drive read them as if they were store bought DVD movies!

Combine all that with the ability to reliably test the burned media using K-Probe, and you have the perfect DVD Writing solution for even the pickiest techie, or the most cash conscious individual. I wouldn't trade this drive for anything! not even the Plextor 708A which can burn DVD+R media at 8x, AND DVD-R media at 4x.


Comments posted by The Digital Dolphin from Other, October 06, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Awesome DVD burner, only had one disk fail. Bought it for $82.00 on NEW EGG. Retail box too. Have been using DVD Decryptor and DVD Shrink. ^^


Comments posted by skitzel from Other, October 03, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Well priced, uncomplicated burner for +R/RW burning. 4X +RW as backup with Nero6 Multi-session has been faultless. As mentioned below the use of RICOHJPNR00 media (2.4x rating, about 80% of all +R discs are these) provides for 4x writing strategy with this unit. DVD-Video burns are acceptable on players that play +R as +R. No ability to bitset is available , nor reading of Blank Disc type in DVDinfoPro (Firmware Version ES0E). Perhaps this will change as further revisions of firmware come through. Highly Recommended for those familiar with +R style burning.


Comments posted by studebarc from Other, August 22, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have only used it for a little while. The drive performed well and is 144.99 at www.newegg.com. It burned Fuji 2.4 DVD+R disks at 4x with out a hitch. I have an issue with the Sonic MYDVD that came with it. In order to install it you need to remove Intel Application Accelerator if you have it intsalled. If you install with it intalled your machine will not boot. It is clearly printed on the disk. If you boot with last known good configuration you will be OK. Although some parts of MYDVD will not work. But those were covered by nero 6 (did not come with drive). It also works well as a 40/24/40 cd burner.


Comments posted by Mark Wood from Other, August 22, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This is a great alternative to the pricey multi-format burners. This drive is speedy, burning +Rs and +RWs at 4X, CDRs at 40X, and CDRWs at 24X. I have tested all modes, except the 24X CDrw (haven't found the high speed media locally yet). The +R and +RWs play fine in my stand alone players, and my Playstation 2!
I bought this drive mainly for data backups, and for transferring TV episodes to DVD, so I can stop staring at my small monitor!
The LDW-401S has performed flawlessly thus far, I do not forsee any problems as Lite-on has a great reputation for stable and speedy burners.


Comments posted by DragonDan from Other, August 18, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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