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Lite-On LTR-16101B - Conclusion

  August 23, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  

Conclusion

The Lite-On LTR-16101B provides an appealing option for those on a tight budget.

In summary, its strengths include:

  • Unsurpassed pricing
  • Inclusion of Nero Burning ROM software
  • Quiet operation during reads and writes
  • Good copy performance
  • P-CAV DAE offers 95% of the performance of a 40X CAV extractor with reduced RPMs on the outer portion of the disc
  • Good performance and compatibility when reading CD-R media
  • BURN-Proof support

The drive's weak areas:

  • Drive heats up substantially after extended use
  • Support for accurate streaming is not consistently detected, which can possibly affect DAE quality during random accesses
  • CD-DA playback error correction is only average
  • Compared to the competition, transfer rates are slow with CD-RW media
  • Write and rewrite performance is slightly slower than direct competition
  • Slow at formatting CD-RWs for packet-writing
  • The StorageReview.com Safe Buy Award



Simply put, this designation means we'd purchase this product without regret. Sure, there may be a slightly better, slightly faster, and/or slightly less-expensive model from a competitor, but you can't go wrong with this particular unit. This award is applicable, of course, to all units at the top of their class, but also applies to units that, though not quite best-of-class, provide a strong showing nonetheless. Overall, the LTR-16101B provides acceptable performance and unparalleled pricing. While problems like minor DAE quality issues and slow CD-RW read speeds might be enough to keep the hardcore hardware enthusiast away, the drive's undeniable value will appeal to budget-conscious users and those craving "no frills" 16X burn speeds.


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