DVD+/-RW Drive Round-up 2007
Real World Tests - Disc Recognition and Audio Ripping
For our final tests, we threw in some "real-world" tests. That is, we timed some ordinary activities such as ripping an audio CD to MP3 or burned full discs to various media.
That's not a mistake you see there, nor is it an anomaly. With both Asus drives we received for testing, the average speed for inserting and recognizing a DVD-ROM came out to 49.57 seconds. That means you're waiting nearly a minute before you can access data or watch a movie. In today's world, that's just not acceptable. Opening a CD was much faster, beating out the Plextor drive at least. Neither drive really held a candle to the Lite-On LH-20A1L, which posted the quickest times for recognizing CDs and DVDs.
We grabbed a full-length compact disc off our shelves, which just happened to be the soundtrack for Attack of the Clones (don't ask), and ripped it to 192kbps MP3s using Windows Media Player. The total time from the conversion of the first track to last was a clean 2 minutes and 10 seconds for the Lite-On LH-20A1L, nearly six seconds faster than the closest drive, being the Asus DRW-2014L1T. Plextor's PX-810SA fell into last place in this category, almost 10 seconds slower than Lite-On's drive and 4 seconds slower than the Asus drive.