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LITEON eSEU206 Blu-Ray combo drive review

Posted 26 April 2012 19:19 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

Test machine


For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 (Intel P55 chipset)
  • Processor: Intel i7 750
  • RAM: 8 GB Kingston dual channel kit DDR3 
  • GFX: ATI HD 5670 (512 Megabytes GDDR5 HDCP compliant)
  • Hard disk OS: OCZ Vertex 2 64GB
  • Hard disk storage: Samsing Spinpoint F1 1TB
  • PSU: Chieftec 500W
  • Display: FujitsuSiemens 22”
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Premium (64 bitSystem setup:

The Lite-On eSEU206 was connected to a USB2 port on our test PC. The drive came shipped with firmware version UL14.

Included software package


The Lite-On eSEU206 came supplied with CyberLink BD Solution v.6 that has PowerDVD 10 BD, PowerProducer 5, PowerDirector 7, Power2Go 6, PowerBackup 2 and LabelPrint 2. A good multimedia platform for all your needs.

BD Solution v6

Note: We did not install this software on our review notebook or test it.

Installed software:

For conducting our various tests, we will be using the following applications.

 

Features and techniques


BookType (Bitsetting):

The Lite-On eSEU206 supports bitsetting and is capable of writing DVD+R/RW DL media with the DVD-ROM book type.

Here is how you can check if your discs are really written with DVD-ROM book type:

Start Nero DiscSpeed, click the Disc info button and you should see something like this:

DVD+R DL with BookType DVD-ROM.

As we can see from the above picture the Bitsetting can be changed manually using the EEPROM Utility or you can do that from your burning software.


Disc Quality Scanning

The Lite-On eSEU206 can be used along with Opti Drive Control or Nero CD-DVD Speed for Disc Quality Scanning.

The drive is able to scan for PIE and PIF errors also it supports Jitter on DVD R/RW media, and C1 and C2 errors on CD-R/RW media.

Blu-Ray Disc Quality Scan

The drive is capable of performing disc quality scans on Blu-ray media.

DVD+R Disc Quality Scan

As we can see the eSEU206 has no issues scanning our test DVD.  

CD-R Disc Quality Scan

We scanned our test CD-R media at the maximum speed the drive would allow, which was 24x. Unfortunately we can't compare this result with the results obtained using our Optiarc AD-7200A, but again this a useful feature to have.

Writing technique


Now it’s time to take a closer look at the write technology used by the Lite-On eSEU206.

For these tests we used Nero DiscSpeed and Opti Drive Control, and wrote a full disc at the drive’s maximum speed.

CD Recordable:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On eSEU206, it should be able to write CD-R media at a maximum speed of 24x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses P-CAV (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 24x. This gives an average speed of 17.83x and a total writing time of 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

For comparison purposes we have produced the following table: 

CD-R Disc Writing

Supported Write Speed

Write Strategy

Start Write Speed

End Write  Speed

Average  Write  Speed

Write  Time  Full 80min

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

24x

Z-CLV

10.06x

24.11x

17.15x

5m:43s

Samsung SE-S084C

24x

CAV

11.02x

24.49x

18.76x

5m:02s

Sony DRX-S70U

24x

CAV

11.27x

25.84x

18.28x

5m:03s

Lite-On eTAU108

24x

Z-CLV

10.04x

24.09x

14.89x

5m:57s

Lite-On eSEU206

24x

P-CAV

10.97x

24.25x

17.83x

5m:07s

As we can see, the Lite-On eSEU206 is one of the fastest drives when writing CD-R media.

CD Re-writable:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On eSEU206, it should be able to write CD-RW media at a maximum speed of 24x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 24x. This gives an average speed of 14.49x and a total writing time of 6 minutes and 6 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-RW Disc Writing

Supported Write Speed

Write Strategy

Start Write Speed

End Write  Speed

Average  Write  Speed

Write  Time  Full 80min

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

24x

Z-CLV

10.05x

16.10x

14.49x

6m:18s

Samsung SE-S084C

16x

Z-CLV

10.06x

16.05x

14.23x

6m:38s

Sony DRX-S70U

24x

Z-CLV

8.00x

24.07x

14.71x

6m:11s

Lite-On eTAU108

24x

Z-CLV

10.05x

24.14x

14.88x

5m:56s

Lite-On eSEU206

24x

Z-CLV

10.26x

24.15x

14.49x

6m:06s

As we can see the eSEU206 is the second fastest drive we have tested with CD-RW media, with an average speed of 14.49x and a total write time of 6 minutes and 6 seconds.


8x DVD+R/-R writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On eSEU206, it should be able to write DVD+R/-R media at a maximum speed of 8x.

DVD+R

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses P-CAV (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8x. This gives an average speed of 5.73x and a total writing time of 10 minutes and 38 seconds.

DVD-R

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses P-CAV (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8x. This gives an average speed of 5.73x and a total writing time of 10 minutes and 53 seconds.

For comparison purposes we have produced the following table: 

8x DVDR Disc Writing

Supported Write Speed

Write Strategy

Start Write Speed

End Write  Speed

Average  Write  Speed

Write  Time  Full 4.38Gb

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

8x +R 8x –R

Z-CLV Z-CLV

2.57x 2.02x

8.09x 8.10x

5.67x 5.66x

14m:01s 12m:49s

Samsung SE-S084C

8x +R 8x –R

CAV CAV

3.48x 3.48x

8.06x 8.10x

6.10x 6.12x

10m:44s 11m:00s

Sony DRX-S700U

8x +R 8x –R

CAV CAV

3.41x 3.38x

8.14x 8.13x

5.54x 5.53x

11m:14s 11m:08s

Lite-On eTAU108

8x +R 8x –R

Z-CLV Z-CLV

3.00x 3.00x

8.01x 8.03x

4.92x 4.93x

12m:44s 12m:47s

Lite-On eSEU206

8x +R 8x –R

P-CAV P-CAV

3.00x 3.46x

8.05x 8.04x

4.73x 4.73x

10m:53s 10m:53s

As we can see from our table, the Lite-On eSEU206 showed some very impressive results on both +/- media.

8X DVD+RW writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On, it should be able to write DVD+RW at a maximum speed of 8x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8x. This gives an average speed of 4.39x and a total writing time of 13 minutes and 29 seconds.

For comparison purposes we have produced the following table: 

DVD+RW Drive

Writing Speed

Average Speed

Writing Time

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

8x Z-CLV

5.67x

11m:09s

Samsung SE-S084C

8x Z-CLV

4.76x

13m:44s

Sony DRX-S70U

8x Z-CLV

5.02x

13m:25s

Lite-On eTAU108

8x Z-CLV

4.79x

12m:32s

Lite-On eSEU206

8x Z-CLV

4.39x

13m:29s

The Lite-On eSEU206 wasn't as fast as the eTAU108 that we tested a few years ago, however the result is acceptable for a slim drive.

6x DVD-RW writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On eSEU206, it should be able to write DVD-RW at a maximum speed of 6x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 6X. This gives an average speed of 4.27x and a total writing time of 14 minutes and 25 seconds.

For comparison purposes we have produced the following table: 

DVD-RW Drive

Writing Speed

Average Speed

Writing Time

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

6x Z-CLV

5.33x

12m:46s

Samsung SE-S084C

6x Z-CLV

4.56x

14m:26s

Sony DRX-S70U

6x Z-CLV

4.25x

14m:20s

Lite-On eTAU108

6x Z-CLV

4.89x

12m:39s

Lite-On eSEU108

6x Z-CLV

4.27x

14m:25s

The Lite-On eSEU206 shows average performance with DVD-RW media, taking 14 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the burn.

4x DVD+R DL writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Lite-On eSEU206, it should be able to write DVD+R DL at a maximum speed of 4x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at 4x. This gives an average speed of 3.60x and a total writing time of 30 minutes and 12 seconds.

4x DVD-R DL writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Lie-On eSEU108, it should be able to write DVD-R DL at a maximum speed of 4x.

The Lite-On eSEU206 uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at 4x. This gives an average speed of 3.44x and a total writing time of 32 minutes and 21 seconds.

For comparison purposes we have produced the following table: 

DVD DL  Drive

Size

Writing Speed

Writing Time

Book Type

Lite-On SSM-85H5S

8152MB

DVD+R DL 4x DVD-R DL 4x

29m:02s 30m:58s

DVD-ROM DVD-R

Samsung SE-S084C

8152MB

DVD+R DL 6x DVD-R DL 6x

26m:08s 26m:13s

DVD-R ROM DVD-R

Sony DRX-S70U

8152MB

DVD+R DL 6x DVD-R DL 6x

26m:04s 27m:32s

DVD-R ROM DVD-R

Lite-On eTAU108

8152MB

DVD+R DL 6x DVD-R DL 4x

24m:38s 28m:49s

DVD-R ROM DVD-R

Lite-On eSEU206

8152MB

DVD+R DL 4x DVD-R DL 4x

30m:12s 32m:21s

DVD-R ROM DVD-R

The maximum speed on both dual layer media types was 4x, and the Lite-On eSEU108 therefore requires some extra time to burn our test discs.

Summary:

The Lite-On eSEU206 has very good writing performance on CD-R and DVD-/+R media. Writing performance on DVD RW and dual layer media is a little slow.

 

Let’s head on to the next page where we will check reading performance….

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