Lite-On CD-RW 40x/12x/48x review: Lite-On CD-RW 40x/12x/48x

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The Good Fast; rock-bottom price; satisfactory software.

The Bad Slow digital-audio extraction; no weekend support.

The Bottom Line If you want cutting-edge CD-RW speed at a low price, this 40X/12X/48X-rated drive delivers both with few frills--and few compromises. It's a good budget buy for consumers and small businesses.

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Most cutting-edge technologies start out pricey, but the Lite-On LTR-40125S offers budget users a state-of-the-art, 40X/12X/48X-rated CD-RW drive for an astonishingly low price. And while you'll find few extras in this package, you'll get plenty of speed for most burning chores. Most cutting-edge technologies start out pricey, but the Lite-On LTR-40125S offers budget users a state-of-the-art, 40X/12X/48X-rated CD-RW drive for an astonishingly low price. And while you'll find few extras in this package, you'll get plenty of speed for most burning chores.

Just the basics, ma'am
The Lite-On sells for about $99 on the street, and as you might expect of a budget drive, its accessories are minimal. The drive ships with the necessary audio cable and mounting screws but no EIDE cable or emergency-eject tool. Documentation consists solely of a single-sheet installation guide, which is well written but lacks troubleshooting info. You might want to invite a tech-minded friend over for dinner if you're unsure of how to install an internal drive. The Lite-On is compatible with all versions of Windows from 98 on up.

The software bundle is also a no-frills affair, consisting solely of Ahead Software's Nero Burning ROM for CD-mastering chores and the same company's InCD for packet writing. But if we had to pick the two programs we'd most like to see accompany a CD-RW burner, it'd be these two.

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Lite-On CD-RW 40x/12x/48x

Part Number: LTR40125S
Low Price: $68.21 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Write Speed 40x
  • Rewrite Speed 12x
  • Weight 2.2 lbs
  • Type CD-RW
  • Read Speed 48x