Billed as a ‘triple writer’, Lite-On’s LH-2B1S provides up to two-speed Blu-ray writing and is compatible with all the major DVD and CD formats. The front of the drive houses three LEDs, denoting disc activity and showing the type of media in use.

Physically more compact than the LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray Disc drive, the Lite-On LH-2B1S’s Sata interface bypasses the potential pitfalls associated with IDE connections.

The Lite-On LH-2B1S will burn writeable and rewriteable Blu-ray discs but, despite what its manual implies, only to single layer media.

When writing DVDs, the Lite-On LH-2B1S isn’t able to match the speeds of the fastest DVD burners. At its maximum 12-speed, it’ll take a minute-and-a-half extra per 4.7GB DVD. Plus it’s limited to four-speed writing on 8.5GB media and is quite fussy about Double Layer +R media, successfully writing to just one out of three brands in our tests.

Our review sample isn’t compatible with DVD-RAM discs; some versions of the product are, so you should check before purchase.

Unlike Lite-On’s standard DVD burner (see our review of the Lite-On LH-20A1PU), the LH-2B1S doesn’t support many advanced DVD features, such as OverSpeed and HyperTuning. However, if you want to burn a lot of standard DVDs and you can afford to pay for Blu-ray, then you can almost certainly afford an additional DVD burner to satisfy your requirements.

Bundled is CyberLink’s BD Solution, an enhanced selection of burning, authoring and playback software for Blu-ray. An advisor utility will check your system for compatibility with Blu-ray.

Lite-On LH-2B1S: Specs

  • Blu-ray Disc drive
  • Sata interface
  • 2x/2x (BD -R/-RE)
  • 12x/4x/12x/4x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 32x/24x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 160/160
  • includes CyberLink BD Solution
  • 146x178x41mm
  • 850g
  • Blu-ray Disc drive
  • Sata interface
  • 2x/2x (BD -R/-RE)
  • 12x/4x/12x/4x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 32x/24x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 160/160
  • includes CyberLink BD Solution
  • 146x178x41mm
  • 850g

OUR VERDICT

Lite-On's LH-2B1S is a competent drive with an easy-to-use interface and a good software bundle. The Lite-On is unable to burn to Blu-ray at four-speed, and is fussy over double-layer media with its current firmware.

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