LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW FireWire and USB 2.0 with LightScribe (16X/8X/2.4X) review: LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW FireWire and USB 2.0 with LightScribe (16X/8X/2.4X)

The LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW with LightScribe also provides a suite of software. PC users receive Roxio's Easy Media Creator 7.0 Suite (Windows 2000/XP), Label Creator, and Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2 (Windows 98 SE/Me). Mac users receive Toast 6.0 Lite (Mac OS 10.2.3 and higher), LaCie LightScribe Labeler (Mac OS 10.3.2 or higher), and Toast 5.2.2 Lite (Mac OS 9.2). Video-editing support is weak in this bundle (for example, the Asus DRW-1608P includes Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3.0 Suite SE ), so aspiring Hollywood types might opt for a separate editing package. Otherwise, this assortment of tools should cover most general-purpose CD and DVD multimedia projects.

While the LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW with LightScribe did not excel in any particular area, it generally performed on a par with other drives in its class. The d2 ripped a 4.4GB video in 9 minutes, 7 seconds. That's a little slower than the Iomega Super DVD's time but identical to that of the HP dvd630e . The d2 burned that same 4.4GB file in just 6 minutes, 8 seconds--identical to the performance of the Iomega Super DVD. In 8X DVD-R mode, the same burn took 8 minutes, 34 seconds--faster then the HP dvd630e's time. In double-layer DVD tests, the d2 ripped a 7.9GB video file in 17 minutes, 33 seconds and burned the same file in 45 minutes, 15 seconds--very similar to the HP dvd630e's score (Iomega's Super DVD proved much faster in DL performance). The d2 also scored comparably to the HP dvd630e in CD Audio tests, ripping 74 minutes, 35 seconds of music in 3 minutes, 47 seconds and burning the same music in 3 minutes, 17 seconds. Finally, the d2 managed to read 4.22GB of data (in 4X DVD+RW mode) in 9 minutes, 30 seconds, burning the same data in 13 minutes, 57 seconds. In 4X DVD-RW mode, the same read took 9 minutes, 22 seconds, and the same write took 14 minutes, 44 seconds. The Iomega Super DVD again proved significantly faster than either the LaCie and the HP dvd630e.

LaCie covers the d2 LightScribe with a standard one-year warranty (though you may be able to purchase extended-protection plans through your retailer). Calls to technical support will carry a toll charge, but you can reach support by phone or fax Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. The LaCie Web site offers additional support with a searchable FAQ, driver downloads, tutorials, and e-mail support.

DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.4GB DVD Video burn test  
4.4GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  

Double-layer DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
7.9GB DVD Video burn test  
7.9GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  
*The Iomega drive writes to 2.4x DVD+R double-layer media at 4x.

CD Audio rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
74:35 CD Audio burn test  
74:35 CD Audio rip test  

RW read/write tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.22GB RW write test  
4.22GB RW read test  

Unless otherwise mentioned, all write tests are run with Verbatim media, rated at the drive's maximum speed. Find out more about how we test optical drives.

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    LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW FireWire and USB 2.0 with LightScribe (16X/8X/2.4X)

    Part Number: 300785 Released: Jan 6, 2005
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    • Release date Jan 6, 2005
    • Write Speed 40x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 16x (DVD+R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
    • Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
    • Type DVD±RW (+R DL)
    • Read Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)