Blu-ray capability is a useful addition for anyone wishing to turn their PC into a multimedia entertainment centre. But if all you need it for is to watch films, why spend more on a writer, when you don’t even need the format’s high-capacity writing facilities?
See more reviews of internal Blu-ray drives.
That’s where Lite-On’s IHES range comes in. The read-only counterpart to Lite-On’s IHBS selection of writers, the 112 delivers smooth 12x playback of Blu-Ray.
The Lite-On IHES112-115 is an internal optical drive, designed to mount into a Windows PC chassis, and it connects over SATA.
This is a bulk-buy version of the drive, so you don’t get any software bundled with it. If you don’t have the necessary software already, you could look out for the now rather rare IHES212, which did come with a basic version of CyberLink PowerDVD. Or just buy CyberLink’s software, which results in less nags to upgrade anyway.
Being a combo drive, the Lite-On does still allow you to write to DVD single- and dual-layer discs, and 16x DVD±R facilities are provided to this end. Admittedly this isn’t quite up to the performance of the fastest 22x/24x standalone DVD writers, but 16x will still be more than enough for most purposes.