It comes with Power DVD 4.0 XP; I know some of you were wondering about that. Itâ€™s a really short drive, a full inch shorter (thatâ€™s 2.5cm for you Euros) than my LTR-48125W. Itâ€™s the shortest drive I have ever seen to date. It has Firmware version “DS08”, and it sports 512K buffer. According to Nero Info Tool it is an RPCII drive, and it reads everything in CD formats, and DVD formats like the 165H does. One thing I have noticed about this drive is it is really fast at reading CD-R’s, the fastest I’ve seen for a DVD drive. I am comparing to drives I have owned, or played with, which would be the AOpen 1240, the AOpen 1648, and the Pioneer 106S, and the BTC 16X DVD drive. Another thing I have noticed is that it works fine with my backup copy of War Craft 3… The Pioneer 106S was the only one that wouldn’t give the backup War 3 disc a pass. BTW, the AOpen 1640 Pro A is also a Pioneer 106S for those of you looking to avoid copy protection friendly (or unfriendly depending on your point of view) DVD drives don’t get the AOpen 1640 Pro A or the Pioneer 106S.
Just noticed that JLMS released a new Firmware for this new drive today, its dated 10-02-02, it still 10-01-02 in my area of the world. Anyway, its “DS0B”… “more media match”.