by April 14, 2006 0 comments



Price: Rs 6,295
(1 yr warranty) 

Key Specs: 48x
max CD-R writing speed, data backup software

Contact:
Mediatech

India


,

Delhi


.

Tel: 41607666.

E-mail: sales@mediatechindia.com

RQS# E66 or SMS 130466
to 9811800601

This writer bundles an impressive set of software tools and
supports all the optical disks formats. It includes EZ-DUB which can be used to
copy disks or backup files. It has a rather bulky case compared to some of the
other drives we reviewed last month, viz. Sony DRX-810UL (winner of the
shootout) and Samsung SE-W164. However, it fared better than both the external
writers in writing from the hard drive to DVD-R format disks as it took the
least time – 8:43 (mins:secs).  As far as copying DVD of the same format
is concerned, it was close on the heels of Sony. It followed a similar result
pattern in writing tests for DVD+R format, where it fared better than Sony,
recording a time of
9:01

for burning data from hard drive. However, it could not keep up with the latter
in copying disk and was slower by almost a minute. Another test where the drive
fared better than Sony was burning data onto a hard drive where the writer took
the least time,
14:42

, for the operation. However, the writer gave average performance in other
tests. For example, it took the highest time to burn a dual layer DVD, 28:06,
and the time for copying the same was even higher at 29:22. This is far too much
compared to the external drives by Sony and Samsung. Similarly, the writer took
a whopping 30:10 to burn data to a DVD-RW from hard drive, way behind Sony. In
the read tests, the drive again did not come up with anything spectacular. It
gave an average read speed of about 9.21x for single layer DVD formats, which is
less than that of Sony, which gave 10.41x. For dual layer disks the drive gave
an average read speed of 6.08x, lower as compared to Sony, which had recorded
9.05x. 

Bottom Line: If you can make do with average
performance then this writer is too tempting, given the lower price.  

Anadi Misra

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