LiteOn iHBS212 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc Writer Review days of monster entertainment systems have long gone; with the PC making its way from the home office and into the living room there is virtually anything you can do with a PC that a high end entertainment system can do, and for a fraction of the cost. LiteON has produced a new Bluray Burner/Reader which should make your home theater experiences that much better not to mention your ability to back up large amounts of data on a single disc should make the purchase of this product an easy one to justify. Let’s take a look at the burner, what’s included, and some of its key features:


Provided by: LiteOn

Price: $146.50

Closer Look:



Specifications and Features:

  • 5 ¼”, half height, SATA interface internal BD-WRITER drive.

  • SMART-X Smart Monitoring & Adjusting Read-speed Technology for eXtraction

  • Seamless Link function can avoid buffer under run as well as get the best writing quality by smartly adjusting writing strategy

  • ABS system reduce vibration and noise during recording and reading

  • Support Over-Burn and Raw mode copy

  • BD read compliant: BD data, BD video of 12 cm diameter

  • AACS compliant (incl. Rom mark)

  • Conform to Orange Book: Part 2 CD-R Volume 1, Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 (1x, 2x, and 4x), Part 3 CD-RW Volume2: High Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 3: Ultra Speed. Support Fixed packet, Variable packet, Disc-at-once, Session-at-once and Track-at-once

  • CD read compliant: CD-DA,CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA , Photo-CD, Multi-session, Video-CD, CD-I FMV, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD-R , and CD-RW

  • Support both 8cm and 12cm disc of CD and DVD
  • Support LightScribe direct disk labeling to LightScribe media
formance (BD) Maximum Speed
BD-ROM/R/RE SL     8X maximum by CAV
BD-ROM/R DL          8X maximum by CAV
BD-RE DL                6X maximum by CAV

BD-R SL                12X maximum by CAV
BD-R DL                 8X maximum by Z-CLV

BD-RE SL/DL           2X maximum by CLV

Rand. access time
BD SL 250ms
BD DL 380ms

(DVD) Maximum Speed
DVD+/-R               16X maximum by CAV
DVD+/-R DL            8X maximum by Zone CLV
DVD-RAM              12X maximum by PCAV

DVD+RW                8X by Z-CLV
DVD-RW                 6X by CLV

16X maximum by CAV

Rand. access time
DVD ROM 150ms
DVD R DL 160ms
DVD RAM 200ms

(CD) Maximum Speed
CD-R                  48X by CAV

CD-RW               24X maximum by Z-CLV

48X maximum by CAV

Rand. Access Time

Buffer Size


Voltage Requirements +5V +/-5% and less than 100 mVp-p ripple voltage
+12V +/-10% and less than 200 mVp-p ripple voltage
Physical Characteristics Dimension: 146(W) x 41.3(H) x 170(D) mm     Weight: <0.65 Kg
General Environment
Operating 5℃ to 50℃; Relative Humidity: 15% to 80%
Non-Operating -40℃ to 65℃; Relative Humidity: 15% to 95%
146(W) x 41.3(H) x 170(D) mm
MTBF: 60,000 POH
Compatibility : Microsoft Windows XP/ Vista / 7



Overall the performance and the products that come with the LiteOn iHBS212 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc Writer is impressive. I have been running the burner for a week and I am very happy with the burn speeds, and the included software. I purchased a Blu-ray burner with the first iteration of software from Power DVD and when it came to Blu-rays it was buggy and even crashed on occasion. The Bundled software with the LiteOn iHBS212 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc Writer have reached a much better stability level and includes everything you need right out of the box. In my opinion for under $150 this drive should be in everyone’s rig that does a lot of movie watching and burning on their PC.

The sound dampening “ABS” system used really does cut down the noise of a typical drive, when the disc is spinning up to be read or your are burning the sound is a lot less noticeable which is ideal for a home theater setup or a small home office.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, it is well made, fast enough, quiet enough, and includes the best software bundle I have seen to date for any HTPC builders, budget.


  • Price
  • Software
  • Quiet ABS System
  • 12X Burn on Blu Ray


  • Slower DVD Writing Speeds


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