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LITE-ON SHM-165H6S Internal DVD Writer review

LITE-ON SHM-165H6S Internal DVD Writer

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The first salvos in the ongoing battle between the two next-generation formats aiming to succeed the incumbent DVD standard have been fired by two Japanese manufacturers. Earlier this week, Fujitsu became the first vendor to announce the availability of Blu-ray compatible PCs and that it will ship a desktop and a notebook equipped with Blu-ray drives in Japan by June. This followed hot on the heels of news that Toshiba plans to equip HD-DVD players in its notebooks by May.

With both camps seemingly set for a battle royale in the marketplace, most shrewd consumers will probably be sitting on the fence until the dust has settled from the clash. Early adopters as usual will place their bets on either formats or even both; it all depends on the applications, movies or games that will be released for the new formats. For the general public who are clueless about all this, don't fret as the DVD has more than a few years in the market, going by how the much older CD-ROM is still comfortably coasting along.

Therefore, if you are one of those who have been putting off the purchase of a DVD writer because it wasn't fast or cheap enough, now is probably the best time to buy. In fact, it is a sunset industry. There won't be any significant technological refinements to it as companies are increasingly diverting their resources to the new formats, which have greater profit margins. Prices are also probably at an all-time low as manufacturing processes and yields have been tuned to maximum efficiency.

Hence it is perhaps fitting that today we have a new DVD writer from LITE-ON, one that encompasses all the advancements made in this sector, from its LightScribe capability to its versatility and speed in reading and writing all kinds of available media now. In short, the 'pinnacle' of DVD writer technology before its inevitable decline. Here are the technical details behind the LITE-ON SHM-165H6S: