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I am offering you a review of two drives capable to burn DVD media. Such devices have got quite affordable nowadays not only due to fierce competition among the manufacturers but also due to the imminent arrival of next-generation optical drives that will work with new DVD media types. It is possible that the price factor will become a reason for you to buy one of the devices I’m about to discuss, to replace your older and less functional optical drive.

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Pioneer DVR-110D

This DVD-burner from Pioneer doesn’t try to entice you with original design solutions. There is just a bare minimum of details on the front panel – a rectangular Eject button and a LED indicator on the front panel. The rear panel carries power and interface connectors, an analog audio output and a jumper with pins (another jumper is meant for factory testing purposes). The drive’s speed formula looks like that:

  • CD-ROM read speed: 40x max
  • CD-RW read speed: 32x max
  • DVD-ROM read speed: 16x (single-layer) or 12x (dual-layer)
  • DVD-R, DVD-RW read speed: 12x
  • DVD+R, DVD+RW read speed: 8x
  • CD-R write speed: 40x max
  • CD-RW write speed: 32x max
  • DVD write speed:
    • 16x (DVD+R and DVD-R)
    • 8x (dual-layer DVD+R and DVD-R)
    • 8x (DVD+RW)
    • 6x (DVD-RW)
  • Supported DVD and CD formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video (single & dual layer), DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R (single & dual layer), DVD+RW & DVD-RAM, CD-ROM (Mode 1 & 2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA (CD Audio), Video CD, PhotoCD (single/multi-session), CD Extra, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
  • Buffer: 2 megabytes
  • Access time: 120 milliseconds (CD), 130 milliseconds (DVD)
  • Interface: ATA-5
  • Dimensions: 148 x 42.3 x 180mm
  • Weight: 1kg

The drive can be positioned vertically as well as horizontally. Its average retail price is $59.

 
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