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The last USB DVD burner from Lite-On that I checked out was the slim, light, and USB bus-powered eTAU208. It’s a good solution for someone looking for a portable disc burner for under $50. The company’s latest entry into the USB DVD burner space isn’t as light, portable, or cheap. But it’s fast.
The new Lite-On eHAU424 can burn DVDs at 24x speeds, making it one of the fastest USB DVD burners around. It also includes LightScribe technology for labeling discs. But it doesn’t run on USB bus power, which means you’ll have to lug around a power cable. And it’s a bit chunkier than the eTAU208, which means you’re less likely to shove this drive in your bag on your way out of the house.
The eHAU424 has an MSRP of $69.99, but you can pick it up now for about $55.
I think it is a good price for those with netop boxes or small computers where therre isn’t a optical drive or wants to upgrade to a faster one without having to buy a whole new computer or open the box to install it. The price is very reasonable.
It could be good for netbooks and smartbooks where the user can leave it at home and only use it while at home instead of dragging it with them every where.
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