Pros

  • Has LightScribe labeling.
  • Includes Nero BackItUp.

Cons

  • Drive lacks dual-interfaces.

At A Glance

A middling performer, this external model has the latest LightScribe Direct Labeling, for improved lablel-etching speeds.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.hp.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number EX538AA
Inventory Number 25298
Ports and Connections
Ports USB
S/PDIF Output 0
Optical Drive
CD-ROM Read Speed 40.0
DVD-RAM Write Speed 5.0
DL DVD+R Write Speed 8.0
Single-Layer DVD-R Write Speed 16.0
DVD-RW Write Speed 6.0
DVD-ROM Pressed Disc Read Speed 16.0
DVD+RW Write Speed 8.0
DVD-ROM Burned Disc Read Speed 10.0
DL DVD-R Write Speed 4.0
Single-Layer DVD+R Write Speed 16.0
Included Software
Included Software
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 6
  • Nero Express 6.6
  • MicroVision SureThing SE-LightScribe Edition
  • (with BackItUpVisionExpress 3.3)

Performance

Performance
Dual-Sided Write-Once DVD Performance, for 7.9GB (seconds) 1169.09
Format Rewritable DVD (seconds) 64.44
CD-R Mastering Write Average, for 694MB (seconds) 194.59
Rewritable DVD Performance, for 3.4GB (seconds) 468.53
Single-Layer Write-Once DVD Format Tested +R
Rewritable DVD Format Tested +RW
Two-Layer Write-Once DVD Format Tested DL +R
Single-Layer Write-Once DVD Performance, for 4.35GB (seconds) 359.15