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LiteOn iHAS 324 review

Alan Lu
13 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
23
inc VAT

LiteOn's security-minded iHAS takes far too long to erase discs, and its write speeds are inconsistent.

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Specifications

LiteOn's iHAS 324 DVD writer not only burns discs but can also erase them.

This means you can safely dispose of discs containing sensitive data. Rewritable discs can, of course, be erased in any DVD writer, but the iHAS 324 can also wipe write-once discs.

Sadly, erasing discs takes a very long time. Erasing a DVD-R took 24 minutes, while a DVD-R DL took a staggering hour and 14 minutes. Oddly, it was quicker at erasing DVD+R and DVD+R DL discs, finishing them in six minutes and 14 minutes respectively.

Performance when writing DVDs was inconsistent. The iHAS 324 was among the quickest DVD writers we've seen when writing DVD+R and +R DL discs, but its performance when burning DVD-R and -R DL discs was merely average.

The iHAS's inconsistent write speeds are disappointing, and it takes far too long to erase discs when you can destroy them in seconds using a disc shredder - which cost around £40 from www.maplin.co.uk. Samsung's similarly priced and consistently fast SH-S223F is a far better DVD writer.

Details

Rating***
Typeinternal DVD writer
InterfaceSATA 150
Buffer2MB
Power consumption activeN/A

Quoted Read

CD-ROM48X
DVD-ROM16X
DVD-ROM dual layer16X
BD-ROMN/A

Quoted Write

CD-R48X
CD-RW32X
DVD+R24X
DVD+RW8X
DVD-R24X
DVD-RW6X
DVD+R DL12X
DVD-R DL12X
DVD-RAM12X
BD-RN/A
BD-R DLN/A
BD-REN/A
BD-RE DLN/A

Extras

Video playback softwareAhead Nero Showtime 4 Essentials
DVD/CD burning softwareAhead Nero Express 8 Essentials
Blank media includednone
Other standard accessoriesSATA cable, mounting screws

Buying Information

Price£23
Supplierhttp://www.pcwb.com
Detailswww.liteonit.eu

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