Model: Sony DRU-800A 16x DVD±RW
Manufacturer: Sony Electronics
Provided By: Sony America

Sony has been a leader in the consumer electronics industry for as long as I can remember. For more than 50 years they've lead the way, becoming one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers. While best known for their innovative audio and video products, Sony is also a major player in the optical storage market. From the development of the first compact disc standards to the introduction of the first dual format DVD writer, Sony has had a large impact on much of the technology used today.

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. The DRU-800A also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 24x rewriting speeds, Power-Burn buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

With features and specs like this, it's hard not to be impressed by Sony's new DVD writer. But as you all know by now, we're not ones to take things like this at face value. In this review, we'll take an in-depth look at the DRU-800A's features and then see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does Sony's new DVD writer have what it takes? Read on as we find out.

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