The traditionally shortened design of the case of Sony’s optical drives makes it easier to install them into small system cases. The deep grooves on the top panel add robustness to the device. The drive’s front panel is made of silvery plastic, matching currently fashionable system cases of the same color. The device type symbols can be seen on the tray under which an Eject button and a LED indicator are located. The rear panel of the drive carries analog and digital audio outputs, power and interface connectors, a jumper for setting the drive’s status on an IDE channel and another jumper for factory testing.
The Sony DDU1615 can read DVDs at 16x and CDs at 48x speed. By default, however, it reads CDs at up to 40x speed only due to Sony’s Turbo Boost technology that is intended to minimize the drive’s noise when you don’t need the highest CD-reading speed. In case you do require the maximum possible speed, you should insert a disc and press and hold the Eject button for about five seconds until the LED indicator blinks two times, thus telling you that the 48x mode is enabled. The average access time is 165ms for CDs and 220ms for DVDs. The buffer size is 512KB. The following media formats are supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video (DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10), Audio CD, CD-ROM (mode 1, mode 2), Photo CD Multi Session, CD-I, Video CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, CD Extra, and Mixed Mode. The dimensions of the device are 41.4x146x171mm; its weight is 0.8kg.
The average retail price of the drive is $24.