The LITE-ON SOHW-812S is yet another '88' DVD writer that was released not so long ago and it's only a matter of time before we really give it a thorough test here at Hardware Zone. As one of the key players in the optical storage industry, one can make a safe wager that the Taiwanese company will respond with a product when a new innovation comes along. Their latest DVD writer, SOHW-812S, has the usual write speed configuration as most of its competitors and appears to be just another '88' DVD writer. But take a closer look at the technical specifications and the finer side of the LITE-ON SOHW-812S can be seen. This finer aspect of the drive lies in its CD read/write speed combination. With the fastest CD read/write speed combination for an '88' DVD-Writer around, users who still rely heavily on CD writing will most certainly pounce on this unit.
So CD technology is yesterday's news, '88' drives are all over the place and they're getting cheaper day-by-day all the more reason to get one unit for yourself now. But to truly differentiate the drives that are so alike in specifications, we have to turn to the individual read/write performance of the drives.