HP hands optical drives to Lite-On

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D4rk0n3 used our news submit to tell us that HP has just signed
a contract with LiteON to let it produce DVD burners under the HP name. The
first product from the business deal is the…

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I don’t think the author realizes that this isn’t the first time HP has turned to Lite-On (or LG or BenQ or…)

Digitimes reported something similar for quite some time ago. Still the only HP DVD writers made by Lite-On to date are the dvd530 and the dvd635. Current dvd840 burners are made by HLDS AFAIK.

Yup… The Inq reported it as well back in January (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20778). I guess they don’t read their own articles. :stuck_out_tongue: Some of the 640’s were also manufactured by Lite-On but I believe they were only used in HP’s own computers and weren’t sold to retail. Even then, you can buy them from some places.

Emmm yeah, this is hardly news. HP has been using LiteOn drives for a long time now.

I’m quite sure Lite-On never shipped any 640 drives to HP because they didn’t get LS to work in time. There were still two versions though, one by PBDS (the 640c) and one by HLDS (the 640b).

I thought BenQ built their last few lightscribe drives.

That wouldn’t surprise me. At least now you can order Lite-On based dvd640’s from places like eCost: http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail.asp?dpno=609760 It also looks like there are Lite-On based versions of the dvd740. Can anyone confirm this?

The HP dvd840i that we got in our lab is based on the LG GSA-4166B.

HP’s logo: contains the word INVENT under the HP symbol. Shouldn’t that now be changed to REBRAND? :g