ASUSTek Computer Inc. has been active in the computer industry for a good number of years manufacturing motherboards, graphics cards, notebook computers as well as optical drives. You might read more in depth information regarding the ASUSTek Computer Inc. Here.
We have had the privilege of reviewing several of their drives over the years. The latest in their impressive line of DVD writers is the DRW-20B1LT which ASUS USA was kind enough to send us.
The DRW-20B1LT is an internal SATA drive which incorporates DVD-RAM recording, creating a true DVD Multi drive. Single layer 4.7GB DVD burning is supported at 20X max. Double Layer and Dual Layer Recording speed is 12X max. DVD Rewriteable speeds are 8X max for DVD+RW and 6X max for DVD-RW respectively. DVD-RAM recording is supported at 12X max. Very fast 48X max CD-R burning and 32X max CD-RW, with these features this latest drive sounds promising.
In this review we will demonstrate the performance of the DRW-20B1LT by running the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD media.
Is this the “drive” for you? Keep reading and let’s find out.
Let’s move along now and take a closer look at the ASUS DRW-20B1LT.
Let us take a look at the detailed specifications of the ASUS DRW-20B1LT:
ASUS DRW-20B1LT LightScribe DVD±R/RW Drive
Multi Function: (X MULTI+LightScribe)
Max 20X DVD±R/8X DVD+RW/6X DVD-RW/12X DVD±R (DL)
Max 48X CD-R/32X CD-RW
Max 16X DVD-ROM/48X CD-ROM
Max 12X DVD-RAM Write/12X DVD-RAM Read
Auto Vibration Reducing System (AVRS)
The AVRS technology is designed to minimize the vibration caused by the spindle motor and resonance between components as well as the drive and PC cases. AVRS is designed to reduce vibration and noise induced by unbalanced mass of rotating machinery. With AVRS, ASUS DRW-20B1LT provides high readability and playability.
Optimal Tuning Strategy (OTS)
Automatic adjustments for optimum disc backup with OTS. The advantages of OTS are:
Cover both media and drive variations as well as operating temperature.
Optimal write speed detection.
Total write quality improvement.
Extend the lifetime of drives: OTS is capable of producing the most suitable and write quality improvements.
Reduce the possibility to burn unplayable disks.
Reduce disc coasters.
Energy Green Engine (E-Green)
The innovative E-Green Engine technology features and E-Green Mode that automatically closes drive applications when not in use to help conserve energy – helping the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions and reducing the depletion of trees.
Operates on Horizontal or Vertical Mounting
ASUS Unique Live Firmware Update Tool
Compatible with a Wide Range of Disc Formats
Windows XP/NT/2000/VISTA Supported
The ASUS DRW-20B1LT as a LightScribe drive 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.
What’s inside the box?
The drive we received was a retail package that comes with all you need for an easy and quick installation. The retail package includes the following:
Internal SATA Drive ASUS DRW-20B1LT
Nero 8 Essentials CD Version D082 V184.108.40.206
Quick installation guide
Retail Package Contents
Moving right along, let’s take a closer look at the Package Details.
Now let’s take a closer look at the drive itself: