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LiteOn's new SuperAllWrite drive LH-20A1P-184 gives you the choice of watching DVD movies or recording them. The ability to use all standard CD and DVD media formats lets you choose the media based on the task.

This multi-format DVD burner uses the popular IDE interface for maximum system compatibility. This lets you upgrade an older system or build it into a new one.

With write speeds of up to 20X for writable DVD±R media and 48X for CD-R media this drive makes short work of any task you give it. SmartBurn technology avoids buffer underrun errors, automatically adjusting the writing strategy and running OPC to provide the clean burns and greatly reduce the number of wasted discs.

  • newegg DVD Multi Recorder The LITE-ON LH-20A1P-184 DVD Multi Recorder enables users to burn any DVD+R/-R, DVD+RW/-RW or DVD-RAM disc and supports the dual-layer function allowing up to 8.5GB data to be burned and saved on a single dual-layer disc. Burn your own DVD/VCD movies or backup data with ease!
  • newegg 20X Ultra High Writing Speed With advanced burning technology, the LITE-ON LH-20A1P-184 DVD Multi Recorder delivers class-leading DVD+R/-R writing speed of 20X. The super fast burning speed enables users to write a whole DVD+R/-R disc in only 5 minutes!
  • newegg High-quality Disc Burning The LITE-ON LH-20A1P-184 is equipped with advanced burning technologies including SMART-BURN to avoid Buffer UnderRun errors and automatically adjust writing strategy and running OPC for the best burning quality, SMART-WRITE to automatically detect and decide the optimal write strategy of the DVD recordable media (DVD+R & DVD-R) for the best result, and the ABS mechanism to reduce vibration and noise while the disc is rotating at a high speed.

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DVD Burner


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Physical Spec

Windows Vista
Works with Windows Vista
Form Factor
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Load Type


Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP


System Requirements
Pentium 4 1.3GHz or higher CPU and 128MB or higher RAM are required.
HDD must have access time < 20ms; with a minimum of 650MB free space.
9GB free space for creating a DVD image file (9GB for double layer; 5GB for single layer).
ATAPI/E-IDE Half-Height internal DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R9/ DVD-R9 / DVD-RAM / DVD-ROM / CD-R/ CD-RW / CD-ROM combination drive.

Support Double Layer DVD+/- R9 Recording Function.

SMART-BURN avoiding Buffer Under Run error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality.

SMART-X function adjusts CD-DA / VCD / DVD data extraction to a fastest allowable speed according to both data request rate from host and disk quality.

SMART-WRITE: Through drive's self-learning function, automatically detect and decide the optimal write strategy of DVD recordable media ( DVD+R & DVD-R ) for the best write quality.

ABS system reduce vibration and noise during recording and reading.

Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Random Access time, Incremental, sequential recording, restricted overwrite, Layer Jump recording, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn.

DVD read compliant: DVD single/dual layer (PTP/OTP), DVD-R(3.9GB/4.7GB), DVD-R multi-borders, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+R multi-sessions, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW.

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

Support both 8cm and 12cm disc of CD and DVD family.

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.

Supported transfer mode: PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2 and Ultra DMA mode 4.

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Lite-On LH-20A1P-184

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  • Michael K.
  • 10/28/2007 11:21:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRight on, LITE-ON!

Pros: Excellent drive. Does DVD-RAM, DVD DL, DVD RW, DVDs, CD RW, and CD R. I think that's the list. Does them all without a hitch.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I heard that LITE-ON was only going to make OEM drives from now on. Man I hope not!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/25/2007 11:10:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWon't read disc

Pros: price

Cons: won't read disc sent back waiting for my replacement.

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  • Scott M.
  • 5/25/2007 1:29:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdisapointed

Pros: cheap in price

Cons: burns all media fine except dvd video all my dvd video burns turned out coasters

Other Thoughts: maybe its the media im using i dont know iam using verbatum media i even tryed the most recent firmware

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  • Timothy R.
  • 5/4/2007 12:13:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLH-20A1P

Pros: Good & cheap. Ive used Lite-on drives for years with rarely a problem. This one is no different. I just burned over 7Gb in 25 minutes as a test without a problem.

Cons: No hardware or cables (obviously) and
No software included. This probably isn't a problem for most users but if you don't have burning software - you will need to get one.

Other Thoughts: this drive isn't quiet but not louder than any other high speed drive I have. It doesn't vibrate as mentioned in another review.

I'll update as I use it more.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2007 10:45:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsGood adaptive burning if it works

Pros: Good adaptive burns as it learns the media. Averaging < 50 PIFs, max 3 on TYG02 after a few discs. (Manufactured early 2007 but still had F/W: KL02)

Cons: One of two drives (F/W: KL05) stopped reading any disc after writing 6 of 10 TYG02s successfully.

Other Thoughts: LiteOn does seem to have the hit or miss quality control I've read about elsewhere. They also produce high quality burns if they work.

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/27/2007 4:34:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Failed recently. I get an error "secondary ide channel no 80 conductor cable installed" from the bios when the drive is connected to the box. When my CD drive is connected, I get no such error. The box locks up in Windows eventually as well when this drive is installed.

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  • Mr. F.
  • 3/27/2007 3:25:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price and specifications look good on paper and have had about a dozen other Lite-On products without any failures.

Cons: It arrived in non working conditions. Errored out in Nero and any other buringn program for DVDs. When able to write CD-R, they were not readable in other CD-ROM.

Other Thoughts: Returned for an exchange with another one. I am willingto give LIte)on the benefit of the doubt on this one, NewEgg on the other handm has been outstanding as usual!

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  • John P.
  • 2/22/2007 3:24:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Burner, Excellent Price

Pros: This drive is extremely fast for the price, and i was quite surprised by the other articles saying it was loud... it is barely audible from 15 feet away where my TV is, and it only causes vibrations if you stick your hand on your computer case.

Cons: None yet :)

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  • Brandon V.
  • 2/8/2007 11:38:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsLITE-ON Burner

Pros: Good Burner, Makes perfect dvds, very fast with cd-r and fast enough for me on dvd-r.

Cons: The motor is almost completely gone on it already. I push the button for it to open and it gets stuck. Then when it finally gets past that the drive pushes out really slow and makes noise like it is having a problem.... im dissappointed because i have to buy another one... :(

Other Thoughts: Good burner, but the price reflects the quality i guess

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/6/2007 3:31:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very noisy and in fact you can feel the vibration while burning.

Cons: BURNS GOOD...........

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