So, we have determined which is the sexiest-looking drive, but what about performance?

So, we have determined which is the sexiest-looking drive, but what about performance?

Since the introduction of double layer DVD writers, the interest has been quite overwhelming and is why we keep bringing you reviews of these highly popular drives. The anticipation has now turned into down right obsession and it has become a key component in any current or new system build, thanks to the declining prices and continued media hype. Manufacturers are quite aware of the fascination and is why they have each been releasing their own products which excel in at least one area of the testing methodology used in most reviews. Today, we compare four 16x double layer drives and highlight both the strong and weak points in order to give you a better idea of which drive does swipe work is best suited for you.

This has led to some confusion as to which drive is best suited for the individuals needs

In this comparison guide, we will be looking at four of the top 16x drives to hit the market, the Pioneer DVR-108, NEC ND3500A, Lite-On SOHW-1633s and the new LG GSA-4160B. We will cover everything from design and features to performance and price. Let’s begin with a quick look at each of these drives.

As far as the front bezel design goes, the LG-GSA4160B is by far the most attractive drive of the bunch. However, for those who are looking for a headphone jack, the Lite-On drive is the only DL writer offering a headphone jack, as well as volume control. The Pioneer and NEC drives, in my opinion, are the ugliest drives, with a very plain look that just wants to make you hide the drive period. Although we only obtained the 4160B in black, all these drives are offered with both white and black bezels. If you opt for the more expensive Pioneer „XL” model, it has the most impressive looks of any drive in the market. However, this will come at a very hefty price tag, considering they contain different firmware as well that offer a few extra features.

I’ve done some extensive testing on each model to determine which is indeed the most impressive of the bunch. But before we show you performance results, let’s briefly look at the features and what they have to offer.

Each one of these drives has there disappointments when it comes to features. Let’s compare each to see what they really offer.

DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RWLG GSA-4160B 16x 8x 4x 4xLite-On SOHW-1633s 16x 8x 4x 4xNEC ND-3500A 16x 16x 4x 4xPioneer DVR-108 16x 16x 4x 4x

So if you are one who only prefers this format, the NEC or Pioneer would be the best choice

While all these drives are indeed 16x models, only two will write to both formats at this speed. The LG GSA-4160B and the Lite-On SOHW-1633s only support 8x DVD-R writing. All of these drives support writing to DVD re-writable media at 4x.

The major disappointment with both the LG and the Lite-On 16x drives is the lack of 4x double layer writing support. Pioneer and NEC seem to be the only manufacturers to jump in and release second generation double layer drives supporting much faster 4x writing. In fact, the jump from 2.4x to 4x is quite substantial as we will show you a bit later in this comparison.

Now this is where both the LG GSA-4120B and GSA-4160B shine above the rest. In fact, it is what has made these drives the most popular DVD writers on the market. Unlike the rest in the roundup, it is a triple format burner, offering full support for DVD-RAM media. The other drives do not support it, with the exception of the Pioneer DVR-108 which supports reading of DVD-RAM discs at 2x. I personally don’t see the point in offering only read capabilities, but it’s at least one extra feature added to distinguish it from the rest. Fast 5x support of the LG GSA-4160 will actually be tested a bit later in this article.



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