It was less than two weeks ago that Lite-On officially announced their first external Blu-ray burner drive, the eHBU212. This drive features a 12X BD-R write speed which makes it a competitor to the Plextor PX-LB950UE we recently featured here on the CD-Info Blog.
The new Lite-On drive and the competing Plextor drive share more than a few things in common. Both come in a portable enclosure that features a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection. Both drives are backwards compatible with DVD and CD media. Both drives even support etching LightScribe artwork!
When it comes to watching movies, the Lite-On is ready to rock and roll with CyberLink’s Blu-ray Suite software for playing back high-def movies and videos. The software supports playing 3D Blu-ray movies, and even claims to convert 2D titles into 3D titles. How well this technology works is yet to be tested.
Again, when it comes to price, the two are nearly even. The Lite-On is priced at 165 Euros (or about $235 US dollars) while the Plextor has an MSRP of $239.99.
So far as I can tell, the performance of these two Blu-ray drives are nearly identical. I cannot find any differences between the two drives other than their physical appearance.
Until we can get one of each drive here to do some real-world testing, I’m going to have to call this one a draw.