Optical Drives Guide

ASUS DRW-1814BLT 18x DVD Writer (SATA)

ASUS DRW-1814BLT 18x DVD Writer (SATA)

8.0

With a new 18x DVD writer, ASUS has joined the slim ranks of manufacturers who are finally offering SATA based DVD writers. Does having 18x DVD write speed or SATA matter in a future scripted to belong to next generation media like Blu-ray? Let's find out.

First Looks: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive

First Looks: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive

If you have an Xbox 360 sitting in your living room acting as a media center, you must get your hands on its external HD DVD drive add-on to complete the full HD experience.

Sony BWU-100A (2x Blu-ray Writer)

Sony BWU-100A (2x Blu-ray Writer)

7.0

Blu-ray is one small step closer to becoming mainstream, thanks to the publicity generated by Sony's PlayStation 3. The next step is to get the enthusiasts onboard and Sony intends to do that with its new BWU-100A Blu-ray writer. Here's our experience with this drive.

LG GBW-H10N (4x Blu-ray Writer)

LG GBW-H10N (4x Blu-ray Writer)

8.0

After numerous delays that prompted speculations about its chances of winning the format war against the rival HD DVD standard, Blu-ray drives are starting to appear in the market. We finally managed to get one from LG that is capable of a record 4x Blu-ray write speed. Read on for our impression of this new drive.

First Looks: Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1

First Looks: Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1

Fancy yourself a guru of home videos? Then you'll find the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1 a godsend for transferring your videos, as we found out in our first look at this external DVD writer.

LITE-ON SHM-165H6S Internal DVD Writer

LITE-ON SHM-165H6S Internal DVD Writer

7.0

The winner of the next-gen media format wars may well be decided by the end of the year but the DVD is still very much alive and DVD writers are arguably at their technological peak. LITE-ON's latest 'Super AllWrite' drive exemplifies this. Read on for our thoughts on the LITE-ON SHM-165H6S.

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