Lite-On IHOS104-08 - Unidad de DVD interna (SATA, 12x, 12x, 8x, 160 ms), negro
Descripción del producto
BD-ROM tiempo promedio de acceso aleatorio: 160 ms
CD-R, velocidad de lectura: 40x
Color del producto: Negro
DVD+R Doble capa - velocidad de escritura: 8x
DVD+R, velocidad de lectura: 12x
DVD+RW, velocidad de lectura: 8x
DVD, tiempo promedio de acceso: 160 ms
DVD-R Doble capa, velocidad de lectura: 8x
DVD-R, velocidad de lectura: 12x
DVD-RW, velocidad de lectura: 8x
Dimensiones (Ancho x Profundidad x Altura): 145,8 x 180 x 41,4 mm
Intervalo de temperatura operativa: 5 - 50 °C
Peso: 800 g
Sistemas operativos compatibles: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Unidad CD-ROM tiempo promedio de acceso: 160 ms
Velocidad de lectura de BD-R: 4x
Velocidad de lectura de BD-RE: 4x
Velocidad de lectura de doble capa de BD-R: 4x
Velocidad de lectura de doble capa de BD-RE: 4x
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* you might need to purchase a power cable adapter (details below)
* device installs easily, is quiet, and works well with all DVDs, blu-rays, 3D blu-rays I threw at it.
* review does NOT include the PowerDVD software provided with the device. (used ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre instead)
IMPORTANT: this is a Blu-ray READER. I saw people complaining they cannot write with the device. If you need something to WRITE blu-rays or DVDs, this device is NOT for you.
* Win7 64bit home PC (Intel Q6600 Core2 quad 3GHz, 8GB RAM, NVidia 460GTX)
* regular movie DVDs (NTSC), 2D and 3D blu-rays
I purchased the drive to add blu-ray reading capability to my PC which already has a LITE-ON DVD reader/writer installed. The device was factory packaged in a sturdy box inside a frame of eggshell cartons which provided good protection. The box contained:
* LITE-ON SATA blu-ray reader drive (factory mounted with black front bezel)
* 4 screws
* standard length SATA data cable
* DVD with software
* user guide
* silver front bezel (to replace the black factory mounted bezel if needed)
installation was very easy. I simply opened up my computer case, and screwed the device into an empty full size bay. The SATA cable was long enough to reach from the second bay from the top of my medium tower case (Antec 900) to the farthest end on the motherboard where the SATA port I wanted to use is located. The cable should be long enough for most applications. If you, however, are using a full-size tower like e.g. a Coolermaster HAF or Antec 1200, you should check whether the regular SATA data cable is long enough.
check whether your computer's power supply has a SATA power plug available to use for the blu-ray reader. If not, you need to purchase an adapter cable (to be able to use the "regular" power plugs in your computer):
adapter cable 4-pin molex (female) to SATA
for example: "StarTech 6in 4 Pin Molex to SATA Power Cable Adapter" from Amazon)
I just went to our local electronics store to get one ($2.99)
Once the bluray-reader was installed, my system booted without problems, and the device showed up correctly in the SATA boot menu. My OS (Win7 64 bit) loaded without problems as well, and installed drivers for the device. I went to the LITE-ON website, downloaded their firmware update utility, and updated the firmware.
At the time of purchase the drive came with outdated firmware. Go to the Lite-On website[...] select your country, and click on "Download". Select "Optical Storage", then "iHOS104". Then click on "Utilities", and get their "SmartPack" automated firmware upgrading utility.
The utility tries to install itself to run each time at Windows start. Disable that option in the utility since you don't need to run it frequently.
Then upgrade your firmware.
(I didn't try using the device with its existing firmware. It might work just fine. My personal experience though is to always update firmware/drivers/etc)
Using the device:
I didn't install the software that came with the device, but used ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre instead which I already had. I tried out several DVDs and blu-rays, and had no problems. The device is fast, and very quiet. I did not experience stoddering, or any other visual/audio impediments. The device stays cool even after several hours of playing.
The device also works well with 3D blurays (you need a 3D capable video card/tv for that).
Overall after using the device frequently within the last 2 days, my experience is very positive. If anything to the contrary happens, I'll update this review.
The drive also works well in my new Intel i7-based system (on an ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard connected to a SATA 2 port. I didn't try it with the SATA 3 ports). During the 3 weeks of using the blu-ray reader in my new system, I have happily no problems to report.
The drive still works fine. It is now installed in the top slot of a Coolermaster HAF X case, and the cable IS long enough to reach to the SATA ports on the motherboard (EVGA Z68 FTW). I have used the drive to watch DVDs, blu rays, 3D blu rays (note: NOT with the software that came with the unit), and also for gaming without problems. Alltogether I am very happy with my purchase.
The only minus I can say about the BD drive is that it came with an SATA cable, but no power conversion adapter.
+ Easy to Install; literally took less than fifteen minute from opening the box to having it mounted in my HP tower chassis
+ No Drivers Needed; my PC (with Vista) recognized the drive without any trouble
+ Playback Software; includes CyberLink's PowerDVD, which isn't the most feature rich program but it does play Blu-ray and DVD
+ Extra Faceplate; includes a black (installed) and white faceplate to match your PC case color
+ Includes SATA Cable
- Does not include power converter cable for connecting to standard PC power supplies (I had to order [...] LP4 TO 2 SATA INTERNAL POWER ( PYO2LP4SATA ))
This was so easy to install and get working on my system that I am considering getting one for my mother's PC so she can watch Blu-ray movies as well.
Highly recommended! Note: You should go to the CyberLink web page, go to the "Support" drop-down, and select "BD Advisor" to run a scan on your PC. Be sure to check the "Advanced" tab to ensure Blu-ray full support on your PC.
I was really concerned about the PowerDVD Version 8 as i didn't want to spend another 100 bucks on software. I have a HTPC and it's hooked to a denon receiver (Not capable of HD audio formats) and fancy B&W speakers. When i installed PowerDVD it says OEM 2Ch for the audio. However i've tested Many DVD's in Dolby and DTS 5.1 and it have not problems decoding. Dolby 5.1 in blu-ray works great and is a nice upgrade in quality and richness from DVD. However that one blu-ray had the issues with DTS decoding. With dvd's it seamed like DTS was a bit dead but i'm not sure how much they will have only DTS encoded movies in Blu-ray since Dolby seems to be the 'gold standard' if you will.
The other thing is i haven't figured out how to integrate PowerDVD into Windows Media Center, if i can do that it will be sweet.
Anyway good drive quick loading (just a few seconds at the start). I have an older 37inch 1080i tv and didn't think the picture would be much different than upscaled dvd, but even my wife who isn't into the details of all this stuff comments when we watch shows. It has truly upgraded my movies and for a more reasonable price than a stand alone player! Now for a 1080p projector and HD audio receiver... the fun never ends :)