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In House Review - Memorex MRX-500N 16x DVD±RW

Postby Ian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:48 pm

CDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Memorex's new 16x DVD±RW, the MRX-500N. Based on the NEC ND-3550A, the drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL and 6x DVD-R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The MRX-500N also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

In this review we'll take a look at the features found on the MRX-500N and then see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does Memorex's new drive have what it takes? You'll have to read the review to find out.

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Postby Scour on Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:20 pm

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Nice review again, Ian :)

The Benq-scans look not so good, but it seems to be normal for NEC-burned DVDs.

And i just wonder a bit, because it seems that the Memorex is better with -R (MCC03RG20, TYG01) than with +R

But I like the front-bezel, much nicer than the original NECs
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Postby Ian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:24 pm

Scour wrote:And i just wonder a bit, because it seems that the Memorex is better with -R (MCC03RG20, TYG01) than with +R


Yes, I was able to eliminate the spikes on -R media but not with +R. Still, if you ignore the spikes, the writing quality is alright in most cases.
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Postby yuki chan on Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:42 pm

I have noticed on some of nec’s newer drives that the servo controller for the optic sled seems a little choppy than older drives. The 3520 in my system sounds smoother (low speed disc access so you can here the optics moving) than on my 3550. I have no idea if it is a difference with the analog stepper controller or with the stepper motor itself. It seems NEC has cheapened up the drives in this area. Have you noticed this also ? That and the LSI in 3550 is made in the China fab while the 4550 LSI is made in Japan ^^.
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