by June 30, 2004 0 comments

This is the fastest external DVD/CD writer, which we have reviewed till now. It can read at 12X, write DVD+/- media at 8X/4X, and rewrite +/-RW media at 4X/2X. On the CD-writing front, it can read/write CDs at 40X and rewrite at 24X. Being an external drive with a USB interface, it can be useful if you need to carry it around to different machines, say when backing up huge amount of data. 

We received the drive with one media of each type, that is, +/-R and RW including one 8X+R media. But at the time of reviewing this drive, 8X DVD media was unavailable in the market so we used the media provided with the drive and got good results. It managed to burn 4.3 GB of data from a hard drive in just 8 mins and 36 secs on the 8X DVD+R media. Then, as expected, it took 14 mins and 42 secs to do the same on 4X-R media, because media speed was just half. For doing a burst copy of data on the DVD+RW media, it took over 28 mins. On the CD- writing front, we had to wait for 2 mins and 50 secs to burn 650 MB of data. 

The drive comes along with a good software bundle. This includes PowerDVD DVD player and Sonic MyDVD Media Suite. Sonic MyDVD is a full- fledged DVD authoring software using which you can
create and author your own home-made movies and even convert multiple VCDs in one

The bottom line: It’s a good buy given the price, performance and software bundle. 

Anindya Roy

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