New(?) review about "1GB CD-RW Drives"
Basically it says:
"1GB CD-RW Drives: Take a Pass
Capacity boosted by new technologies, but speed and compatibility issues abound.
Jon L. Jacobi
From the July 2003 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Thursday, June 05, 2003
Do you like the idea of squeezing a gigabyte of data or more onto cheap CD-R discs that usually hold only 700MB? I did, but my enthusiasm waned quickly after I tried drives incorporating a pair of new CD-recordable technologies developed by Plextor and Sanyo.
Plextor's GigaRec technology, found in the company's latest 52X/32X/52X Premium drive, increases the capacity of CD-Rs while also trying to maintain compatibility with other drives that can read CD-R discs.
GigaRec audio and data discs played fine in firmware-updated 40X and 48X Plextor CD-RW drives, but worked with only modest levels of success in non-Plextor drives and home CD/DVD players. Unfortunately, GigaRec disables buffer-underrun protection, too, and writes at a painfully slow 4X, or 30 minutes per disc.
Sanyo's HD-Burn is another CD-writing technology, but it debuts on the OptoRite DD0203 drive, which supports DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. HD-Burn technology can pack data so tightly that only DVD or DVD/CD laser assemblies can read or write it--after a firmware upgrade. Its lack of compatibility with the vast installed base of CD equipment aside, my tests showed that HD-Burn doubled the capacity of normal 700MB CDs to 1.4GB and wrote far faster than the GigaRec drive did--24X on the OptoRite unit with buffer underrun protection."
Also, Ateck.com now has the Optorite DVD writer for $193.00 plus $6 fedex saver shipping.
If you live in California this is a good deal because there is no sales tax.
As always, do a check on www.resellerratings.com
before you buy.