ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

 

  

Advanced testing

To round off this review, we will run some advanced tests on the ASUS DRW-1814BLT.

Burning LightScribe Labels

As a LightScribe drive, the ASUS DRW-1814BLT enables images to be burned onto LightScribe discs, both CD and DVD.  Make a label whenever and wherever you want with your PC and burner.  It is Simple, Compatible and Flexible. 

You may use the included Nero 7 essentials software to create and burn your LightScribe labels to your LightScribe media.  Make sure you have the latest LS system software which is required to enable LightScribe functionality.  You may download this free software from www.lightscribe.com in the download section.

We burned our LS label using LS system software version 1.6.43.1 which now includes the LightScribe Control Panel application to easily configure and monitor the installed LightScribe functions.  The “Extended Label Contrast Utility” is now included in the Control Panel of this latest software.

Below is a Verbatim LS DVD+R 16X disc with our Review Team label burned to it:

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review


The “Sheep Test”

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer ReviewFor this test, we will use the Sheep tests made by Alexander Noé. Why is it called sheep test? That’s because the logo of the first 1 to 1 copy program called CloneCD is a sheep. When looking at supported writers, you will notice that the feature list has sheep to indicate if a feature is supported or not. In this case we are interested in the writer’s ability to backup/write weak sectors. Also called: “Correct EFM encoding of regular bit-patterns.”

No sheep: Can’t backup any Safedisc 2 versions without the help of software tricks

  • 1 Sheep: Can backup Safedisc 2 up to version 2.4x without software tricks
  • 2 Sheep: Can backup Safedisc 2, including version 2.5x
  • 3 Sheep: Can write all possible weak sectors, few if any writers could do this.

One of our forum moderators Womble, has written a guide concerning the “Sheep Test” that can be found here.

We created our “Sheep Test” disc according to “Womble’s” instructions; using the copy method, our results follow.

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

ASUS DRW-1814BLT Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

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