ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Conclusions

Positive


  • Quiet operation
  • Fast pressed CD-ROM as well as Audio-CD extraction
  • Burns DVD+R DL 2.4X discs (Verbatim) at 8X
  • Writes DVD-RAM at 14X
  • Reads DVD-RAM at 12X
  • Exceptional CD-R writer with overall excellent results
  • Write quality on DVD+R and DVD+RW is very good to excellent
  • Supports bitsetting (booktype DVD-ROM) for DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD+R DL media
  • 3 Sheep Burner
  • Writes to Lightscribe discs
  • SATA connection
  • Nero OEM Suite 7

 

Negative


  • Reads SL pressed DVD-Video at only 12X
  • Reads DL pressed DVD-Video at only 8X
  • Drive tray is flimsy
  • DVD-R writing is currently limited to 16X max
  • Slow CD-R reading

 


 

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Let us summarize the most important positive and negative points below:

The main positive points: Following our tests we found that this drive is a good Multi DVD burner. The ASUS DRW-1814BLT is called “Multi DVD Burner” since it supports recording on all available media formats including CD-R/RW, DVD±R/±RW, DVD±R Double/Dual Layer, and DVD-RAM.  It is packed with a comprehensive software suite from Nero Burning ROM 7 which is worth the extra retail price.

The 18x DVD+R writing on our media produced very good quality burns.  DVD-RAM writing at 14X is a positive feature for those who use this format of media.  The ability to read DVD-RAM at 12X must be recognized as a positive feature.

The drive passed the “3 Sheep” test.

The drives operation is very quiet; this is a big plus for us or anyone who appreciates a quiet computer.

The sleek SATA cables are so much more amenable to twists and turns while taking up less space in the chassis; and the days of setting jumpers with these SATA drives are over.

The main negative points: There are a few issues that we would like to mention with hopes of them being improved. The Asus DRW-1814BLT drive tray feels flimsy.  When inserting a disc and pressing the eject button the tray has a slight bounce and the disc moves around, this can cause the disc to move off the tray and get stuck; however, we must state that this only happened one time during our review of the drive and we simply opened the tray and re-set the disc in the slot.

The inability to over-speed 16X DVD-R media; as mentioned in the body of this review, we hope this will be corrected with future firmware updates.

The ASUS DRW-1814BLT reads SL/DL pressed discs at 12/8X while other competitors can read them at faster speeds.

So to sum it all up, this is what we would say:

If you are building a new system, with most new motherboards having plenty of SATA connectors buy only one IDE port, the ASUS DRW-1814BLT should fit the bill.

Here in the US we have found the drive listed at www.newegg.com for $35.99; May 2007.

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Thanks to

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Verbatim USA – For providing the media used in this review.

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Maxell USA – For providing the media used in this review.

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Memorex USA – For providing the media used in this review.

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ExtremeMhz   – For providing the Maxell 12x DVD-RAM media used in this review

 

 

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Rima.com USA – For providing Taiyo Yuden media used in this review.

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Advanced Media/Ritek-USA – For providing the media used in this review.