When it comes time to make a optical drive purchase, most of us tend to make our choices based on pricing. Although optical drives have not changed to much over the last few years, users should still take a look at the quality of the drive and the features that it has to offer. Today we are going to be taking a look at the ASUS DVD-RW 24B1ST optical drive. From a glance it looks just like any other drive on the market, however it does offer a few nice features that the others do not.
Packaging & Specifications
The Asus DRW-24B1ST comes in a standard retail box. Looking at the front of the box, we see that Asus has provided us with a full list of supported media and their maximum burn speeds. Across the lower section we see an icon indicating that this drive utilizes a SATA interface. It also shows us a Nero8 Essentials 1 Click 1 Copy icon followed up with the E-Green, E-Hammer, OTS, and AVRS icons along the very bottom.
On the rear of the package we see a more in depth description of the OTS (Optimal Tuning Strategy), E-Hammer, and E-Green features in multiple languages.
Sliding the contents out of the box we see that the actual drive itself is suspended in the box with two formed cardboard end caps to ensure that the drive receive no damage during shipment. Laying on top of the drive we have a small bag that contains the Nero8 Essentials disc, and Quick Install Guide, and a smaller bag of 4 screws.
E-Green (Energy Green Engine) – The innovative drive E-Green Engine technology features an E-Green Mode that automatically closes drive applications when no in use to help conserve energy – helping the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions and reducing the depletion of trees.
E-Hammer – E-Hammer allows you to permanently delete the data on writable disc (CD-R and DVD-R) formats. Once the data is deleted, it cannot be recovered or restored, and the optical drive will not be able to read the disc. This ensures data security, eliminates the hassle of scratching your old discs, and conforms with our commitment to environmental protection.
AVRS (Auto Vibration Reducing System) – The AVRS technology is designed to minimize the vibration caused by the spindle motor and resonance between the components as well as the drive and PC cases. AVRS is designed to redo vibration and noise induced by unbalanced mass of rotating machinery. With AVRS, Asus DRW-24B1 provides high readability and playability.