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LITE-ON SOHW-1693S Internal DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 24th September, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  

The SOHW-1693S

While the next generation optical storage standard is still steaming along healthily to fruition and creeping slowly but surely into the lives of consumers, the technology for the current crop of 16x DVD writers is pretty much at a standstill. However, as we patiently await the formal retail debut of either the Blu-ray or HD-DVD (most probably both standards would make their appearance looking at the way things are going) to satisfy our increasing appetite for auxiliary multimedia storage, small but no less welcomed improvements are being regularly injected to enhance the overall write capability and value of new 16x DVD writers.

Some of the enhancements made in recent times include HP's patented LightScribe labeling technology, 6x DVD-RW write speed, 8x DVD+RW write speed and more recently, DVD-R DL write specification, which is also the highlight of the LITE-ON SOHW-1693S. These additions thankfully, have worked together to prevent the optical storage scene from transforming into a complete dreary landscape altogether but more crucially, resulted in current DVD writers that are more competent, more media friendly and therefore more time efficient to satisfy consumers' optical storage needs.

Granted LITE-ON is a major player in the ODD industry, discovering how the SOHW-1693S performs when subjected to real-world usages may provide a good read for folks who are planning to procure an internal DVD writer.

LITE-ON SOHW-1693S 16x Internal DVD Writer.

LITE-ON SOHW-1693S Technical Specifications
  • DVD-ROM Read: 16x, Max
  • CD-ROM Read: 48x, Max
  • DVD+R Write: 16x
  • DVD+RW Write: 8x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 4x
  • DVD-R Write: 16x
  • DVD-RW Write: 6x
  • DVD-R DL Write: 4x
  • CD-R Write: 48x
  • CD-RW Write: 24x
Supported IDE mode
  • PIO mode 0/1/2/3/4
  • DMA mode 0/1/2
  • UDMA mode 0/1/2
Buffer Size
  • 2MB
Writing Mode DVD
  • Disc-At-Once
  • Incremental Recording
  • Restricted Overwriting (DVD-RW only)
  • Track-at-Once
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Packet Recording
Disc Size
  • DVD: 120 mm
  • CD: 80 and 120 mm
Supported Formats DVD
  • DVD+R DL 8.5GB
  • DVD+R 4.7GB
  • DVD+RW 4.7GB
  • DVD-R 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-RW 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-Video
  • DVD-5
  • DVD-9
  • DVD-10
  • DVD-18
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM XA (m1, m2f1/m2f2)
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • Bootable CD
  • Karaoke-CD
  • Photo CD (single & multi-session)
  • Video CD
  • CD-Extra
  • Mixed-mode CD
  • CD-Text
  • CD-Graphics
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 145 x 41.3x 170 mm
  • Weight: < 0.9kg
Firmware Update
  • Flash memory upgradeable

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