Model: Optiarc AD-7200S 20x DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Sony NEC Optiarc
Provided By: Sony NEC Optiarc America

Sony NEC Optiarc is a relatively new name in the optical storage industry. While the company has only been around for a handful of years, it already has a lot of experience under its belt. Established as a joint venture between Sony and NEC, Optiarc combines the technologies and expertise of its parent companies with the goal to provide the best optical drives in the world. It has definitely paid off, as Optiarc is quickly becoming one of the industry's largest manufacturers with a product lineup that includes DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives for the portable and desktop markets.

One of the latest additions to Optiarc's already impressive line of DVD writers is the AD-7200S. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, this Serial ATA equipped "Super-Multi" drive is capable of 20x DVD±R, 12x DVD-R DL, 8x DVD+R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Of course, Optiarc's new drive can do more than read and write DVD's. The AD-7200S also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for buffer underrun protection.

With store shelves already full of DVD writers with similar specs and features, Optiarc's new drive is up against some stiff competition. To give you an idea of what to expect from the AD-7200S, we'll take a look at some of its features and then see how it compares to some of the 20x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does the AD-7200S new drive have what it takes? Keep reading as we find out.

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