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Drive
Name and Model Number

Type

DVDRead/Write
Speeds

CD
Speeds

Software
bundle

Media
Included

Price
(Rs)

Vendor

DVD
+R

DVD
-R

DVD
+RW

DVD
-RW
Read Write ReWrite Read
Aopen
DRW4410
Internal 4x 4x 8x 24x 10x 40x Nero
Burning Rom 5.5, Power DVD XP 4.0, Ulead Video Studio 7 SE DVD, Neo DVD,
Acrobat Reader 5.1
DVD+RW
2.4X, CD-RW 12X, CD-R 52X
14,990 Xserve
India,
Tel: 91-80-5572601
E-mail – info@xserves.com
Asus
DRW-0402P
Internal 4x 2x 12x 16x 8x 32x Nero
Burning Rom 5.5, Power DVD XP, Power Director Pro DE, Media Show SE
DVD-R
4X, CD-R 52X,
14,000 AsusTek
Computer Inc,
Tel: 91-22-56926013
Email: info_india@asus.com.tw
Liteon
LDW-401S
Internal 4x 4x 12x 40x 24x 40x Sonic MyDVD,
Cyberlink Power DVD XP, Acrobat Reader
DVD+R 4X,
DVD+RW 4X
11,975 Mediatech
India,
Tel: 91-22-56396696/
22014083
Email: inquiry@mediatechindia.com
Iomega
Dual DVD
Internal 4x 4x 2.4x 2x 12x 16x 10x 40x Iomega Hot
Burn Pro, Cine Player 1.5, Music Match Juke Box, Adobe ActiveShare, Iomega
Automatic Backup, My DVD 4
DVD+RW 2.4X 16,500 Neoteric
Infomatique,
Tel: 91-22-24172600
E-mail – manish@neoteric-info.com*
Sony
DRU-510A
Internal 4x 4x 4x 2x 12x 24x 16x 32x RecordNow
DX, DLA, Simple Backup, Music Match Jukebox, My DVD, Power DVD
NIL 19,000 Rashi
Peripherals
Tel: 91-22-28221013/1024 E-mail – sony@rptechindia.com
Liteon
External SDW-200DX
External 2x 1x 2x 1x 5x 16x 8x 24x Sonic MyDVD,
CyberlinkPower DVD XP, Acrobat Reader, USB 2.0 Driver
DVD+R 4X,
DVD+RW 2.4X
29,975 Mediatech
(India)
Tel: 91-22-56396696 / 22014083 
E-mail – inquiry@mediatechindia.com
Sony
External DRX-510UL
External 4x 4x 4x 2x 12x 24x 16x 40x RecordNow
DX, DLA, Simple Backup, Music Match Jukebox, My DVD, Power DVD
NIL 30,000 Rashi
Peripherals,
Tel: 91-22-28221013/1024 E-mail – sony@rptechindia.com
HP
External DVD300E
External 4x 2.4x 8x 16x 10x 40x Arcsoft
Showbiz, Cyberlink PowerDVD, copy Disk, HP Memories Disk Creator, Arcsoft
Multimedia Email,  Adobe
Acrobat Reader 5.0
DVD+R 4X, 
DVD+RW 2.4X
14,250 Hewlett-Packard
India,
Tel: 91-11-26826000
Email- seema.dawar@hp.com
Drive Format

Aopen
DRW4410

Asus
DRW
-0402P
Liteon
LDW
-401S
Iomega
Dual
 DVD
Sony 
DRU
-510A
Liteon
External
Sony
External
HP
External
DVD+RW HDD- DVD
(Data)
15.51 14.33 14.25 15.31 28.58 15.21 14.27
DVD RW
Format
15.5 14.47 24.28 15.41 30.12 24.14 25.25
DVD RW
Burst Copy
31.32 23.38 39.15 29.37 43.06 35.38 39
DVD-RW HDD- DVD
(Data)
14.56 14.39 16.25 59.53 16.37
DVD RW
Format
29.59 30.02 31.45 62.07 31.34
DVD RW
Burst Copy
43.15 41.58 50.54 88.42 47.04
CD-writing CD CD Copy
(Data)
4.22 5.25 3.37 5.18 4.46 7.12 4.36 5.22
CD to CD
Copy (Audio)
4.25 5.23 3.34 5.23 4.44 7.1 5.06 5.28
HDD to CD
(Data)
4.07 5.06 3.02 5.09 4.31 7.02 4.28 5.09
HDD to CD
(Audio)
4.09 5.1 3.04 5.11 4.33 7.05 4.27 5.11
CDRW format 8.57 11.3 8.4 8.3 9.17 10.57 9.16 8.29
CD RW Burst
copy
13.24 48.57 13.12 14.33 11.12 12.4 11.25 11.45
    Aopen DRW4410 This one supports only the
+R/RW format, and does a good job of writing on it. Plus, its CD-writing and DVD read performance are among the best. It loses out because of slower CD writing speeds and a higher price.
Asus DRW-0402P The only writer to support
DVD-R/RW format in the shootout. This great performer is competitively priced. It needs improvement in CD-writing capabilities, such as faster CDRW throughputs and formatting. 
Liteon LDW-401S The winner of our shootout, it comes out trumps in more ways than one. It has the fastest
DVD+R/RW as well as CD writing speeds. 
Iomega Dual DVD This drive supports both DVD writing formats. Though its price is about 15% higher than single format writers, it is still attractive. The drive was the best performer in the DVD-RW tests and average in the others.  Sony DRU-510A The best performer in the shootout, this drive comes at a price premium. Liteon External SDW-200DX 
This writer was the slimmest both in size and, sadly, in performance too. Though the size part may appeal to laptop users, the performance, though supporting both formats, may drive them away. 
Sony External DRX-510UL 
This is also the performance leader, just like its internal counterpart. It loses only because of its high pricing. Its reading/writing speeds are the maximum amongst all external writers.
HP External DVD300E 
Though it may not be as fast as the Sony writer, nor as slim and beautiful as the Liteon writer, it wins over others in the price. A well priced external option.

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