Model: Sony DRU-810A 16x DVD±RW
Manufacturer: Sony Electronics
Provided By: Sony America
Sony has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry for more than five decades. While best known for their innovative audio and video products, Sony isn't a stranger to the world of optical storage. In fact, the optical storage industry probably wouldn't be where it is today without them. From the development of the first compact disc standards to the introduction of the first dual format DVD writer, Sony has played a major role in much of the technology used today.
The DRU-810A is the latest addition to Sony's already impressive line of DVD writers. Announced in August, the DRU-810A takes DVD writing speeds to the next level. Based 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, it can write to DVD+R DL media at 8x, the fastest speed currently available. Of course, Sony's new drive can do more than read and write DVD's. The DRU-810A also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Power-Burn buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero.
We've had Sony's new DVD writer in the 'Labs for a few weeks now and have had the time to put it through its paces. To give you an idea of what to expect from the DRU-810A, we'll take a look at some of its 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? Keep reading as we find out.