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4KUS DRW-3S167 Internal DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 15th July, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  

A Quick Plastic Surgery

To truly distinguish itself from the higher-priced LITE-ON products, the faceplate of 4KUS drives would have to differ from its LITE-ON 'brothers'. Changes however, had to be implemented in a cost effective manner without incurring too much overhead in jigs and fixtures that relate to manufacturing costs. A quick comparison of faceplates revealed that there were indeed subtle changes made, but the positioning of the eject button, earphone jack, status LED and volume dial were left unchanged for maximum savings.

As you can see, there are subtle differences between the generic LITE-ON faceplate and that of 4KUS' optical disc drives.

Since the 4KUS drives are just different in appearance from LITE-ON drives, there's absolutely no need for new metal housings, which would require costly new metal pressings to be made.

No sound proofing material at the mouth of the 4KUS drive.

The same observation was also made for the tray.

Unlike the retail packaging for motherboards and graphics cards, the bundle for most optical drives are frugal and have only the bare minimum to get owners started.

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