While best known for their recordable media, Memorex offers a wide range of storage products including memory cards and USB flash drives. This spring Memorex announced that they had given their TravelDrive USB 2.0 flash drive a brand new look. The list of improvements included a slimmer, more ergonomic design, pen-like cap, cool looking blue wrap-around LED and a reinforced lanyard connection point made out of cast aluminum. Best of all, it comes with a limited 2 year warranty.
Earlier this year Plextor surprised many by announcing another 16x DVD±RW, the PX-740A. Designed with the cost conscious consumer user in mind, the PX-740A offers impressive performance without all of the bells and whistles found on the PX-716A. Based loosely on the BenQ DW1640, the drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 6x DVD-R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, the PX-740A can write to DVD+R DL media at 8x, the fastest speed currently available.
Today CDRLabs brings you a review of NEC's latest 16x DVD±RW, the ND-3540A. While affordably priced, the drive features some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available. The ND-3540A is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 6x DVD-R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, it's one of the first drives to write to DVD+R DL media at 8x.
Earlier this year, HP introduced one of the first LightScribe enabled DVD writers. Based on the BenQ DW1625, the dvd640i is capable of 16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD±RW and 2.4x DVD+R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Along with support for LightScribe, the drive also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 24x rewriting speeds, and a software bundle from companies like Sonic and SureThing.
Since the introduction of their first dual format DVD writer, Sony has continued to develop drives with new features and faster reading and writing speeds. The latest addition to Sony's already impressive line of DVD writers is the DRU-800A. Announced this spring, the DRU-800A offers some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available. The drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. More importantly, it's the first drive from Sony with the ability to write to both DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 4x.
While it took longer than many expected, LightScribe products have finally started to ship. One of the first DVD writers to take advantage of this new technology is the DW1625 from BenQ. Announced this January, the DW1625 offers 16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD±RW and 2.4x DVD+R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The drive also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 24x rewriting speeds, and support for BenQ's own Write Right technology.
This fall, Plextor announced their long awaited 16x DVD±RW, the PX-716A. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, the PX-716A is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW and 4x DVD-RW writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. More importantly, it's the first drive from Plextor to support the DVD+R DL format. Out of the box, the PX-716A can write to DVD+R DL media at 4x. However, thanks to a free firmware update, the drive can write to select media at 6x. The PX-716A also has many of the features found on the PX-712A, along with a number of new ones like AutoStrategy. Developed by Taiyo Yuden, AutoStrategy improves the compatibility of new or unsupported media by developing writing strategies on the fly.
Last fall, the DVD+RW Alliance dropped a bombshell on the optical storage industry when they announced Double Layer DVD+R technology. Developed by Philips Research and MKM (Mitsubishi Kagaku Media), this new technology increases the capacity of DVD+R media from 4.7GB to 8.5GB. While not quite double the capacity, it does allow users to store up to 8.5GB of data, 4 hours of DVD quality video or 16 hours of VHS quality video without the need to flip over the disc.
Advanced SCSI Programming Interface, or ASPI, is the glue that binds most major CDR software packages to the CDR drives. With so many different types of hardware out there, it's hard for software developers to add support in for each and every one of them. Adaptec, Inc. took that as a problem and created the ASPI layer that SCSI owners have grown to love.