Model: Pioneer DVR-2920Q Qflix 20x DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Pioneer Electronics

As one of the biggest names in the consumer electronics industry, Pioneer doesn't need much of an introduction. For more than 50 years, this Japanese company has produced a wide range of audio and video products for the mobile, business and home markets. Pioneer is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. They've lead the way in this area, helping to develop and promote technologies like the DVD-R and DVD-RW formats and producing some of the world's best DVD writers.

This past fall, Pioneer introduced its first Qflix enabled DVD writers. With the internal DVR-2920Q and external DVR-X162Q, consumers can purchase and download movies from CinemaNow and then burn a permanent copy that can be played back on a standard DVD player. Along with support for Qflix, the two drives are capable of 20x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DVR-2920Q and DVR-X162Q also feature internal mechanisms to reduce noise and protect against dust as well as support for Pioneer's Optimum Write Speed technology. This new technology automatically adjusts the writing speed to deliver the best writing quality possible.

We've had the DVR-2920Q in the 'Labs for a few months now and have had the time to put it through its paces. To give you an idea of what to expect from Pioneer's new Qflix enabled DVD writer, we'll take a look at its features and then see how it compares to some of the 20x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Can the DVR-2920Q deliver the features and performance we've come to expect from Pioneer? Keep reading as we find out.

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