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LiteOn iHBS212 review

Alan Lu
9 Sep 2010
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LiteOn iHBS212
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
110
inc VAT

A sensibly-priced Blu-ray writer that's also quick at burning discs.

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Until very recently Blu-ray writers have been expensive, costing around £200. LiteOn's latest internal model costs just £110 inc VAT though, making it cheapest Blu-ray writer yet.

Despite its low price, the iHBS212 is quick at burning Blu-ray (BD) discs. Although it couldn't match its stated 12X for single layer BD discs, it did manage just under 5X on average – the quickest we've seen. Speeds writing rewritable BD discs have languished at 2X, but this does meet LiteOn's stated speed.

LiteOn iHBS212

Two layer BD discs, with a capacity of 50GB, are now widely available and the iHBS212 wrote them at 3X, which is quick, but at a time of over an hour and a half, it takes three times longer to burn a two layer disc than a single layer disc. DVD write speeds, especially for two layer DVDs, aren't quite as quick as a dedicated DVD writer, but they're more than quick enough for most uses. Disc playback and burning software from CyberLink is included.

The LiteOn iHBS212 is reasonably priced yet generally fast at burning discs making it great value. Although the discs themselves remain pricy, if you want a Blu-ray writer then this is the one to get.

Details

Rating*****
Typeinternal Blu-ray writer
InterfaceSATA II
Buffer8MB
Size41x146x170mm
Weight650g
Power consumption activeN/A

Quoted Read

CD-ROM48X
DVD-ROM16X
DVD-ROM dual layer16X
DVD-RAM12X
BD-ROM8X

Quoted Write

CD-R48X
CD-RW24X
DVD+R16X
DVD+RW8X
DVD-R16X
DVD-RW6X
DVD+R DL8X
DVD-R DL8X
DVD-RAM12X
BD-R12X
BD-R DL8X
BD-RE2X
BD-RE DL2X

Extras

Video playback softwareCyberLink PowerDVD 9 BD
DVD/CD burning softwareCyberLink Power2Go 6.1
Blank media includednone
Other standard accessoriesmounting screws, SATA data cable

Buying Information

Price£110
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.co.uk
Detailswww.liteonit.eu

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