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In House Review - Memorex USB 2.0/FireWire 16x DVD±RW

Postby Ian on Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:11 pm

Today, CDRLabs brings you a review of Memorex's new external dual-format, double-layer 16x DVD writer. Based on the NEC ND-3500A, this drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW and 4x DVD+R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Memorex's new drive also features 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 24x rewriting speeds and a great looking case with support for both FireWire and USB 2.0.

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

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Postby jberry on Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:24 pm

thanks!!!!

I often wonder though....why get one of these drives when a retial IDE or OEM + enclosure costs less...must be a fashion statment :D
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:26 pm

For more experienced people, making your own external drive makes sense. But for normal people, getting a setup that works without any hassle might be better.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:33 pm

I notice that the Sony 16x DVD-Rs have an Optodisc 16x DVD-R code listed under the quality tests.

Now I know that Optodisc has been working on Sony for OEM's... but I don't think they've succeeded just quite yet :P
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:05 pm

Oops
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Postby Wesociety on Tue May 03, 2005 4:40 pm

Hi Ian,

I know I already requested this privately, but here is another friendly reminder. :)
Can you post the CD-DVD Speed burn graph from a 16x DVDR burn using the firewire interface?
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Postby RJW on Tue May 03, 2005 4:50 pm

Great somebody found something missing and it wasn't me. :D
With the last few reviews cdrlabs was allready becomming to perfect and I was allready thinking is there any stuff left to improve ? (except for the lay-out )

So why do this well because a lot of enclosures are problematic with one or both and I think the customer does want to know if he can burn at 16x when he buys a 16x drive. For the rest (I haven't read it completely just a quick look through). So just test both allways for external drives.
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Postby Ian on Tue May 03, 2005 10:04 pm

Yeah, there's definitely an issue with the FireWire interface. I hooked it up to the onboard FireWire controller on my gaming computer (MSI 875P Neo-FISR motherboard). Even when you simulate, the writing speed peaks at about 15x.
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Postby Wesociety on Wed May 04, 2005 12:37 am

Thanks Ian.
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Postby RJW on Thu May 05, 2005 6:47 am

Nice to see the info.
I'm not suprised of the problems because of the earlier tests with enclosures in C't.
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Postby jberry on Thu May 05, 2005 9:35 am

yah...my enclosure for my 4163b wrecks any 16x...firewire or usb 2.0
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Postby dodecahedron on Thu May 05, 2005 12:46 pm

jberry wrote:yah...my enclosure for my 4163b wrecks any 16x...firewire or usb 2.0

what enclosure is that ?
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