Should I buy a Newer Lite-on model?

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#1

:bow: I bought 2 1633’s for my computer from wal-mart. THought they were the 1673’s.
Did not find out until I tried a firmware upgrade.
Should I stay with what I got or get the 1673S or 1693S?
Thanks :iagree:


#2

get the 1673s. you can easily upgrade its firmware to a 1693s one.


#3

Well if you are happy with the burns you are getting from your 1633S then wait for a newer model and don’t get the 1673S or the 1693S


#4

just wait for the 5s LiteON Buner will be the BEST


#5

And when the 5s-series will be avaible?


#6

late 2005… maybe even 2006… noone knows for sure.


#7

IMHO, 1633S is the “fake” 16x rated drive. 1213S was sold at May 2004. At that time, there is no 16x rated drive in the world. So I think 1213S has only 12x rated laser pickup just like Plextor PX-712A. All of 1213/1613/1633/1653 have same controller and same pickup. I think this is the reason why early 3S drive can write -R only at 8x/12x.

1673S and 1693S have 2nd generation 16x rated pickup. I think this is the same pickup as PX-716A and ND-3520A. 1673S and 1693S are true 16x rated drives. These are genuine, not fake.


#8

but the 1213s is capable of burning 16x. there was just a firmware limit…


#9

Yep, 1213S has capacity of writing at 16x. But it is so far from quality. Many many PIE/PIF/POF… Furthermore, early 3S’s CAV writing area is weird. BenQ DW1620 shows many giant spikes of PIF at CAV writing area.

“The newer is the better”
I strongly recommend 1673S@1693S or genuine 1693S. 1693S is dramatically improved from early 3S drive (except +/-RW), and has fully capacity of 16x writing when you use TDK003, TTH02, ProdiscF02 or TYG03. (Disappointedly, 16x writing of RICOHJPNR02, ProdiscR04, OPTODISCR016, RITEKR04, MCC004 is still miserable with KS04)


#10

I have to say the 1693 is the best LiteOn has done in a 16x capable writer to date.

  1. A quick 16x burn on PRODISC R04.
  2. A good kprobe. A bit high on the outer edge in PIE, low PIF.
  3. A perfect read curve.