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LITE-ON External USB 2.0 LX24101A
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 25th July, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  
Price : SGD225


Introduction

Not long ago, we tested the AOpen External USB 2.0 CD-RW drive that features 40x writing, 12x re-writing and 48x reading speeds. The drive belongs to the "tray-loading"-class of external CD-RW drives, and today we shall take a look at the other kind of external CD-RW drive - the "top-loading" types.

The LITE-ON External USB 2.0 is a top-loading CD-RW drive.

The LITE-ON LX24101A is an external "top-loading" CD-RW drive that runs on the USB 2.0 interface. In fact, if you've been following our past CD-RW drive reviews, you would realized that this LITE-ON external drive is an exact replica of the Iomega Predator 2. Now we all know know Iomega don't actually 'build' their own internal CD-RW drives. Instead, their drives are manufactured by OEM vendors. Suffice to say, the Iomega Predator 2 was actually built on this LITE-ON LX24101A model instead.

The LITE-ON package isn't anything extraordinary - a Nero v.5 installation disc, an 80min/700MB 12x CD-RW disc (for use with 12x re-writable drives as well), an 80min/700MB CD-R, a proprietory USB 2.0 cable, an audio cable, and a power adapter. Unfortunately, the package does not include a USB 2.0 PCI card, so you have to either make sure your motherboard have built-in USB 2.0 ports or purchase a USB 2.0 PCI expansion card.

Let's check out the specifications shown below :-

LITE-ON External USB 2.0 LX24101A Specifications
Interface
  • USB 1.1
  • USB 2.0
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 24x (Z-CLV): 3600 KB/s
  • 20x  : 3000 KB/s
  • 16x (CLV): 2400 KB/s
  • 12x: 1800 KB/s
  • 8x: 1200 KB/s
  • 4x: 600 KB/s
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 10x: 1500 KB/s
  • 8x: 1200 KB/s 
  • 4x: 600 KB/s
Reading Speed
  • 40x max.
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with SMART-BURN Buffer-Underrun Protection 
Writing Methods
  • Disc at Once
  • Track at Once
  • Session at Once
  • Packet Writing
  • Multisession
Supported Write/Read Formats
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM
  • CD-ROM XA
  • PhotoCD
  • VideoCD
  • Super VideoCD
  • CD-I
  • CD-Extra
  • CD Text

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