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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
ASUS DRW-2014L1T

1. Introduction

ASUS presents this high-speed DVD burner that does not have a solution for Blu Ray media reading, but supports the Lightscribe feature (of which you can read a small presentation somewhere amongst the pages of the present review). It also supports DVD burning up to 20X speed and comes along with an extra Black Panel while at the same time being supposed to be "optimized" for Windows Vista users. We didn't have the luxury to check this drive on Windows Vista, but, this way or the other this fact, along with the SATA interface, can be considered as some of this drive's advantages.


Specification

Buffer 2MB
Lightscribe Yes
Interface SATA
Burning Software Yes

DVD Specification

DVD Read speed 16X
DVD-RAM Write speed 12X
DVD-R DL Write 8X
DVD+R DL Write 8X
DVD+RW Write 8X
DVD-RW Write 6X
DVD Access Time 140 ms
DVD+R Write 20X
DVD-R Write 20X

CD Specification

CD Re-write Speed 32X
CD Read Speed 48X
CD Write Speed 48X
CD Access Time 150 ms

Supported Disc Formats

DVD-RAM
DVD-ROM
DVD+/-R/RW
CD-Test/Extra
Photo CD
CD-DA
Video CD
CD-R
CD-RW

The retail package of the drive includes the Asus drive, a quick installation guide and Nero 7 Essentials software.As we previously mentioned, an extra blank panel is also included.

Below there is an image of the internal of the drive. The heart of the drive is the Mediatek MT1899LE chipset, also met at the company's 1814BLT 18x DVD burner.

- DVD Info Pro

- Nero Info Tool

Update March 5 2008 - New firmware v1.02 was installed.

In this update, we mainly focus in the areas where the Asus drive had given weak performance, mainly during the burning session with DVD recordable media. The following DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL MIDs were burned and tested again:

DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD-R
DVD-R DL

In addition, we tested again the reading /writing performance of the drive with 12x DVD-RAM media. The drive burned them at 14x, meeting the nominal speed.

Notice that the reading tests in the following pages were not updated, since no major issues were reported with the original firmware ver1.00 installed.




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