I bought my Liteon LTC 48161 DVD combo for my old desktop computer few years ago, the time that I don't have my laptop yet. All I wanted then is to be able to watch DVD on my desktop. I was looking specifically for DVD ROM drive only but I noticed that the price is CDRW/DVD combo slightly different, so I chose this one instead. Lite-on DVD combo is much cheaper than combo drives from brands like Samsung, LG and Philips. My combo drive is still working in good condition until today. I have no regret picking up Lite-on brand over the other leading brand. Liteon LTC 48161Combo drive has a dimension of 145(W) x 41.3(H) x 170(D) mm and weighs
Writing Speed for CD-R is 48X (7200KB/sec) and 24X (3600KB/sec) on CD-RW. It can read 48X speed on CD and 16X (21600KB/sec) on DVD. It supports both 8cm and 12cm CD-R/CD-RW discs up to 99 minutes). For DVD, it supports single/dual layer DVD+R / RW, DVD-R / RW discs.
Minimum specification required to be able to use this drive is at least you computer has Pentium 166MHz or faster CPU and 64MB or higher RAM. Hard Disc Drive must have access time
Lite-On Combo Drive features SMART-BURN technology to avoid Buffer Underrun Error. It automatically adjust writing strategy to provide the best burning quality. It also features SMART-X Smart Monitoring and Adjusting Read-speed Technology for extraction, VAS (Vibration Absorber System) to minimize vibration and noise during recording/reading. It has a front volume control wheel, headphone jack (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm). It can be connected via IDE/ATAPI - 40 PIN IDE cable.
Over -all Opinion/Recommendation
This combo drive is completely plug and play. Although this one is cheap I think CDRW drive is not a good choice these days because DVD RW drive cost less than before. For me, it's better to pick out drive that can read/write both DVDs and CDs. Another thing is that the connection interface of this Lite-on combo is IDE cable only. Better to choose newer models that offers SATA connection interface for a faster connection speed. Lite-on is a good brand to consider though.