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Thursday, July 03, 2008
LiteOn DX-401S

1. Specifications, features

The DX-401S is LiteOn's new External BD-ROM drive. This stylish-looking drive supports reading of all the CD/DVD/BD media currently available. Its specifications are good, with BD media being read at 4X, DVD±R at 12X, DVD±R DL at 8X, DVD-RAM at 5X and CD media at 32X.

The DX-401S is in fact based on the DH-401S LiteOn drive, bundled with a stylish case that supports external USB 2.0 connectivity, so that you can connect it to any PC, anywhere.

In the following pages we will examine the performance of LiteOn's new offering for Blu-ray discs, in terms of reading speed and reliability.

For comparison, we have also included the results of two other BD-ROM drives currently available on the market. The LiteOn DH-401S (internal) and the Pioneer BD-ROM BDC-202.

But first, let's have a closer look at the drive's features.

- Specifications in detail:

BD Family Read
Access time 160ms
DVD Family Read
DVD+R/-R 12x
DVD+R/-R DL 8x
Access time 160ms
CD Family
Read 32X
Access time 160ms
PC Required Pentium 4 2.0GHz or faster CPU and 512MB or higher RAM are required.
> 30GB HDD available capacity.

For High Definition BD Playback & Authoring: (Only Windows XP SP2)
Pentium D 3.4GHz or faster CUP and 1GB or higher RAM are required.
GPU : nVidia Ge Force 7600GT / 7800GTX512 / 7900GX2 / 7900GTX /   7950GX2 and ATI X1600 / X1800 / X1900 series are recommended.
>60GB HDD available capacity.

HDCP capable graphics card with 256MB RAM, PCI Express x16, 1920x1200 resolution, 32bit color.
HDCP capable Monitor or TV for High Definition digital output.           
Compatibility Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 / Vista
General Environment
Operating 5°C to 50°C; Relative Humidity: 8% to 80%
Non-Operating -20°C to 60°C; Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%
Dimension 145.8(W) x 41.4(H) x 180(D) mm
Weight < 0.8Kg
Voltage Requirements
+5V +/-5% ripple: 100mVpp
+12V +/-10% ripple: 200mVPP

-Retail Box

The retail box offers the following items:

  • LiteOn DX-401S External BD-ROM drive
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD BD Playback Disc
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Vertical Stand

-System Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: Pentium 4 2.0GHz or higher
  • OS Requirement: Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4/XP SP2/Vista
  • Memory: 512MB RAM or higher
  • Hard Drive: 10GB or higher available capacity
  • Interface: USB2.0 Port required for BD Playback. (Compatible with USB 1.1: Performance will be limited under USB1.1 specifications).

The drive's case is neat and stylish, as you can see in the pictures below. Sized slightly bigger than an internal ODD and with a weight of less than 800gr. , the drive can be installed on your desk in either vertical or horizontal position.

The rear panel includes the USB 2.0 port, a DC input as well as a useful power switch.

Underneath the drive there are four rubber pads that helps keep the drive in place when it’s sitting down flat, and also helps to reduce any vibrations.


The drive was connected to the PC as a typical USB device and was recognized as "ATAPI BD O DH4O1S"

It's general specifications and features are available below:

DVD Info Pro

Nero InfoTool

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