We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Storage Devices Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Lite-On LH-2B1S

£514 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lite-On

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

As each Blu-ray drive hits the market, specifications go up and prices drop. A £514 price tag might still be intimidating, but it's a step in the right direction.

Lite-On's LH-2B1S joins the select-but-growing band of Blu-ray drives – a cohort that includes the Pioneer BDR-101A and Plextor PX-B900A. As each drive hits the market, specifications go up and prices drop. A £514 price tag might still be intimidating, but it's a step in the right direction.

HD (high-definition) video – which packs in an awful lot of extra data – is becoming more commonplace, creating a need for discs that can hold far more than the 8.5GB offered by standard DL (double-layer) DVD writers. Blu-ray could be an ideal solution: the LH-2B1S's single-layer Blu-ray facilities enable it to store up to 25GB on a single disc. In the future it should be possible to use this drive for DL media, pushing a disc's capacity up to 50GB.

Blu-ray speeds are still quite slow, unfortunately. The Lite-On can access all Blu-ray formats at double-speed. A future firmware upgrade could see some of these doubled but, in the meantime, the Lite-On is roughly the same speed as its rivals, taking 44 minutes and 27 seconds to master 22GB of data to the BD-R format.

The Lite-On comes with a copy of CyberLink BD, which gives you plenty of options for creating discs. Check you're buying the retail (rather than OEM, or original equipment manufacturer) pack, though, or you may find yourself without software or cables. The Lite-On is a versatile machine, offering better DVD speeds than we've seen in other Blu-ray drives. And of course, for £20 you could also get a dedicated DVD writer that easily surpasses the Lite-on's specifications.

Lite-On LH-2B1S Expert Verdict »
2x/2x/2x (BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE) 12x/12x/12x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW) 32x/32x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
Sata interface
max DVD capacity 25GB (SL), 50GB (DL)
access time 160ms
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

This is the best Blu-ray drive we've seen so far. With strong speeds (that should get stronger still with future upgrades), decent software and the best price around, this is better than the competition.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Lite-On LH-2B1S Blu-ray Disc drive

    Lite-On LH-2B1S Blu-ray Disc drive

    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.

  • LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray Disc drive

    LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray Disc drive

    LG’s GBW-H10N is an internal Blu-ray drive that uses the standard IDE interface. The LG GBW-H10N is a simple plug-in replacement for most optical drives.

  • PLDS Lite-on DH-401S DVD writer/Blu-ray player

    PLDS Lite-on DH-401S DVD writer/Blu-ray player

    The PLDS Lite-on DH-401S is the latest in a string of DVD drives that can read Blu-ray media, but have no interest in writing to them.

  • Lite-On iHES208 review

    Lite-On iHES208

    An eight-speed Blu-Ray Combo Drive, the Lite-On iHES208 will make a good value purchase for those who want an HD disc drive.

  • Lite-On DH-4B1S-10C review

    Lite-On DH-4B1S-10C

    An inexpensive Blu-ray drive, the Lite-On DH-4B1S-10C suffers for its price cuts.


IDG UK Sites

Windows 10 release date, price, features. The next version of Windows will run on everything:....

IDG UK Sites

An Apple fan's perspective on the Windows 10 launch

IDG UK Sites

Sensor-laden kids' watch with 3G launches in Japan

IDG UK Sites

2014 Retina iMac release date rumours, specs and features: 27in 5K Retina iMac 'launching this mont'......