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LiteOn Dual-Layer DVD RW SOHW-1693S Review
By: Mike Mackenzie
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    2006-02-22

    Table of Contents:
  • LiteOn Dual-Layer DVD RW SOHW-1693S Review
  • LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD RW/DL
  • Features and Specs
  • Installation and Software
  • Benchmarking
  • Conclusion

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    Today at DevHardware we will be reviewing the LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD RW/DL drive. This drive has high speed DVD burner capable of recording at 16x for standard DVDs while enabling the user to burn Dual Layer DVDs at up to 4x. What all can this drive offer to a user other than speed lets see.

    Introduction

    One of the computer upgrades bound for popularity this holiday season are DVD burners. DVD burners allow users to watch, backup, and create their own home movies on DVD discs. They are the perfect gift for people with digital video cameras, those want to backup their own DVD collections, or people who need a data backup solution. Recordable DVDs hold up to 4.7GB of data, or 120 minutes, of DVD quality video. DVD burners also function as CD-RW drives.

    Shopping for a DVD burner is very similar to shopping for a CD burner. Basically, you are looking for the most features and the fastest speeds. Although there are few more features integrated into DVD burners, it is pretty simple to understand what they can actually do. The mainstream feature is RW which stands for Re-Write. Like CD-RWs, these drives can use special media that erases and writes over the disc again.

    One of the most recent features to be integrated into DVD drives is DL, or dual-layer. This allows you to write onto a secondary layer on a one-sided DVD. Of course, special media is needed to do this. Dual-layer DVDs allow the user to save up to 8.5GB of data, or 240 minutes of video, on each DVD. These discs cost more because they can store twice as much data. However, they burn at slower speeds, allowing the user to fit twice as much on a single disc. Burning one dual-layer disc works out to be as fast as burning 2 single-layer DVDs.

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