• Lite-On eNAU608 Slim External DVD Drive Review

Hey folks, Valkor here welcoming back the folks from Lite-On backinto the Val-Cave with another edition of their portable DVD drives. Now what makes this new drive, the eNAU608, different from the last? Size and one other feature… LightScribe and LabelTag! Check it out!

Lite-On eNAU608 Slim External DVD Drive

The eNAU608 is an 8X portable DVD drive that's USB powered (mini USB to USB connection) that's sleek and very lightweight – much like its brother, the eTAU208. This makes travelling with the device a cinch, fitting comfortably in most messenger bags and backpacks with ease (so long as nothing is packed on top of the device, you're good to go).But what sets this optical drive apart from the other 1) it has personalization option in that you can change the outside with different patterns, giving it a more personal feel. Yup, the eNAU608 comes with several cutouts that slip through the top of the devices, each with different images. So depending on your mood, you can change up the image as you see fit. And 2) you have two features that many will find quite useful – LightScribe and LabelTag. These features are used to label your CD or DVD media. With LightScribe you'll need actual LightScribe Media, while LabelTag you don't need it, but you will need the software that's package with the device (Nero Essentials).

Personally, I'm a sharpie kinda guy – I don't use labels of any sort because the media I produce is usually for myself, not something I normally pass around. And considering the fact that I do a lot of burning, I would prefer not to use LightScribe or LabelTag, increasing the longevity my optical drive. That's not to say I'm totally against the idea of using LightScribe; I simply never found a real reason to do so. And as far as I'm aware, I don't really know anyone who uses it. Plus regular blank DVD media is cheaper.

So now that we've broken down the features, let's really get down to it with the TOV Breakdown!

Lite-On eNAU608 Slim External DVD Drive

The Bang:

As much as I loved the eTAU208, I find the eNAU608 a definite step up in terms of design and yes I'll admit the labeling options are a plus. And it's there for anyone who uses them. Actually I think I would find LabelTag better suited to my needs than LightScribe 1) My handwriting sucks (but again, I make media for myself) and 2) No need to buy special discs. I think it was a great idea for Lite-On to include the customization of the device with the different inserts. Plus you can stick your own images over the inserts, adding another level to the customization process (so long as they're the same size and shape). Toss in the fact that you have that sexy slim design, perfect for travelling put's the eNAU608 over the top.

The Slack:


Lite-On's eNAU608 is a definite winner in my book, easily overshadowing the eTAU208 and adding a touch of fun to portable optical drives. Make it yours today. And out of TOV 5 stars, I give Lite-On's eNAU608 portable drive a 4.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!