LightScribe is a brand new technology that has been developed by HP that will allow for the direct labelling of DVDs and CDs without the need to resort to stickers or a marker pen. It achieves this through the use of a thin dye coating on the label side of the disc. The LightScribe-enabled CD/DVD disc drive contains a special laser that pumps light into this label to create whatever designs you have created. The light from the laser causes a chemical change in the dye coating that shows up as a visible point on the disc.
Toshiba has signed an exclusive agreement with HP, to manufacture and offers such optical drives. Our review sample didnâ€™t come with any drivers but simply slotting it into a standard bay on a laptop had Windows XP identifying it. To make the most of the drive youâ€™ll need LightScribe-enabled software, which is now supported by Roxio Easy Creator 7.5 and Ahead Nero Burning Rom 6.
The TS-L532L drive has write speeds of 8x for DVD+/- R, 4x for DVD +/- RW, 24x for CD-R and 10x for CD-RW to easily create media. When it comes to using the LightScribe, this will drop to a 2x write feature, which is expected to increase as the technology matures.
In use, the drive is easy to set up and once youâ€™ve designed your label itâ€™s simply a matter of making sure youâ€™ve flipped the disc so the dye coating is facing the laser head. Depending on the detail youâ€™ve created for your template, the drive can take a long time to burn. However, the results are pleasing â€“ in a monochrome way. You wonâ€™t be able to buy this drive as a standalone unit to add to your laptop but if youâ€™re about to buy a new laptop it is more than worth asking whether the optical drive supports LightScribe.
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