Model: Sony DRU-840A 20x DVD±RW/RAM
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, this Japanese company has lead the way, producing innovative products for the audio, video and computer markets. Sony is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. 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.

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-840A. Announced in August, this new "Super-Multi" drive offers some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available. The DRU-840A is capable of 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and is the first drive from Sony with the ability to write to both DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 12x. The DRU-840A also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Power-Burn buffer underrun protection and a software bundle from Nero.

With features and specs like this, it's hard not to be impressed by Sony's new "Super-Multi" drive. To give you an idea of what to expect from the DRU-840A, 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. Does Sony's new drive have what it takes? Is it the fastest DVD writer around? Keep reading to find out.


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