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Closer Look

There are no extraordinary traits about the appearance of the device. However, the manufacturer has done something to “enliven” it visually. There is a horizontal line going along the disc tray below the manufacturer’s and model names. Under the tray there is a rounded eject button and a LED indicator of operation mode. Next to them there are a few icons denoting the class and technical features of the device. The rear panel of the drive carries power and interface connectors, a jumper with pins to select the status of the device on the IDE channel, analog and digital audio outputs. There are also vent openings in that panel.

The drive can read DVD-ROM media at 16x speed and CD-ROM media at 48x speed, but the CD read speed is limited to 40x by default to reduce noise. You should use the PlexTools software to enable the highest possible speed. DVD+R and DVD-R can be recorded at 18x. DVD+RW and DVD-RW media can be written at 8x and 6x, respectively. The max burn speed for DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL formats is 10x and 6x. CD-R and CD-RW discs can be recorded by the drive at 48x and 24x, respectively.

The average access time is 100 milliseconds for CD and 150 milliseconds for DVD media. The cache buffer is 2MB large. The drive is equipped with an EIDE (ATAPI) interface and supports the following media formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Multi-Border, Multi-Session, DVD+VR, DVD-VR, DVD+MRW (by firmware upgrade), DRT-DM, CD-DA (CD-DA/CD+G/CD-Text), CD-ROM (Mode1/Mode2), CD-ROM XA (Mode2 Form1/2), Audio CD, Data CD, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-I, CD-I Ready, Mixed CD, CD-Extra, Multi-Session CD, Packet Write CD (Mount Rainier by firmware upgrade), Bootable CD. The dimensions of the drive are 146x41.3x170mm; its weight is 1kg.

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