Lite-On introduced the iHAS524, one of the first DVD burners to feature the LabelTag technology. This technology can add a small circular label on the data side of any single-layer DVD±R disc. It's faster than LightScribe, but the disadvantage is that LabelTag prevents you from using the full capacity of your disc because the label is located direct behind the data.
The Lite-On iHAS524 24x DVD burner will become available later this month for 49EUR.
Using LabelTag means a convenient and cost-effective way for labeling any DVD±R single layer or CD-R discs without using additional software. LabelTag is a patented new feature that allows users to create a circular label on the data discs. When creating the disc, users can add text and/or images printed on the same side of the disc where the data is stored. There is no need to use markers, stickers, or even the hassle of flipping the disc. There is no special media required and the disc remains fully compatible with other playback devices. LabelTag is an ideal solution for archiving and managing your back-ups.
The LabelTag feature is implemented in NERO 8 software, which is bundled with the drive. It works very easy. Users can follow their usual step, and just before they click “burn” they can decide to add a label.
Besides LabelTag, the iHAS525 offers the fastest available DVD±R writing speed: 24X. The writing speed for double layer DVD±R discs and DVD-RAM is 12X, while writing speeds for rewritable media are 8X for DVD-RW and 6X for DVD-RW. Lite-Ons SmartErase is included as well. SmartErase is a unique Lite-On feature that can erase data from DVD±R and CD-R discs permanently.