Lite-On's latest 24X burner provides impressive levels of performance.
In summary, its strengths include:
- SMART-Burn optimizes write speeds and prevents buffer underruns
- Inclusion of Nero Burning ROM software
- Lowest-priced 24X burner on the market
- Quick access times
- Excellent application-level read performance
- Error correction during CD-DA playback ties the best SR has tested
- 24X write speeds are some of the fastest SR has measured
The LTR-24102B's weak areas are:
- Sparse documentation
- No IDE cable included in retail package
- Slow audio extraction at the beginning of a CD
- Read speeds with CD-RW media are significantly slower than competition
- Packet-writing formats trail the competition significantly
Overall, the LTR-24102B performs well enough to garner serious consideration by power users. Its combination of low cost, quick read speeds and spirited writes keep Lite-On's flagship competitive with current Leaderboard champ Plextor. Only slow initial DAE speeds and poor read performance with CD-RW media keep the LTR-24102B from supplanting the PX-W2410TA outright.