With the fastest writing speed here (compared to our reviews of Freecom's FS-50 and Samsung's Writemaster SH-S183A) of 20-speed, Lite-On’s LH-20A1PU delivers the quickest burn-times in our tests and offers easy one-touch disc copying.

The tough plastic case houses a standard 5.25in internal drive mechanism; the Lite-On LH-20A1PU's fanless design means it’s silent when not accessing a disc. Two buttons on the top of the case activate EZ-Dub functions, which provide automatic disc-to-disc or disc-to-file copies.

Enhanced features give the Lite-On LH-20A1PU the best chance to burn the widest range of media, and at the highest possible speeds. Certain 16-speed DVDs will automatically burn at 20-speed, and with the OverSpeed function you can choose to burn any disc one level faster than its official rating. This isn’t fool-proof, of course, but built-in disc testing capabilities will help determine which discs can use this feature safely.


HyperTuning allows the drive to learn the best way to deal with unsupported media or poor-quality burns without user intervention. These functions are accessed using the Smart-Burn utility, provided with the drive along with an OEM Nero 6.0 suite.

The Lite-On LH-20A1PU is also available as an internal drive, but lacks the EZ-Dub functionality.

Lite-On LH-20A1PU: Specs

  • External DVD drive
  • USB interface
  • 20x/8x/20x/8x/12x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 48x/32x (CD -R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 160/160
  • includes EZ-Dub/Nero suite
  • 165x192x58mm
  • 1.3kg
  • External DVD drive
  • USB interface
  • 20x/8x/20x/8x/12x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 48x/32x (CD -R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 160/160
  • includes EZ-Dub/Nero suite
  • 165x192x58mm
  • 1.3kg

OUR VERDICT

The Lite-On LH-20A1PU is a very fast drive with advanced features, it’s easy to move from one PC to another and comes with convenient disc copying functions.

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