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TDK VeloCD 24x10x40x CD-RW Review

Former staff writer    -   September 22, 2001
Category: Optical Drives
Price: $140


Introduction

It seems the speed of CD burners are getting faster and faster by the day. I remember I had a 8x4x10 back at the first of this year. Just when I thought it was fast, they came out with something better and faster. Now they have drives reaching 24x write 10x rewrite and 40x read. They also have a new technology out that is called "Burn-Proof", and this technology is packed in this TDK VeloCD burner. With all the bells and whistles packed in this burner, at a price of $138 you couldn't ask for more!



What good is a CDRW drive without CDR's and CDRW's ? Well, I went over at pricewatch to see what the going price was on 24x CDR's and CDRW's. I was very suprised actually. I thought they would be alot more expensive than they were. The 24x certified 50 pack; 730MB audio (700MB data); Unbranded white top surface (inkjet printable), are going for about $28 bucks. As for the CDRW's you can get 50pack 10x 74min / 650MB CD-RW Rewritable Blank Discs Media for a hefty price of $50 dollars. I don't think anyone would really need 50 CDRW's, unless you backup alot of data every week or something. Actually, I think all I'm going to ever need, is the one CDRW that came boxed in this CDRW drive that I'm reviewing :)

What you get
  • TDK VeloCD 24x10x40 CDRW
  • (2) 80min 24x CDR's
  • (1) 74min 10x CDRW
  • TDK Permanent CD marker
  • Screws (So you can mount your burner)
  • IDE cable
  • Lots of instructions
  • Installation VHS video On CD-
  • TDK Digital MixMaster
  • Ahead Nero 5.5
  • InCD Packet Writing
  • MusicMatch Jukebox
  • Adobe ActiveShare
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Bonus MP3 Tracks ( They aren't any good :) )





    Features

    I think I'll start off with one of the best features of the TDK VeloCD ReWriter, the new "burn-proof technology". The new burn-proof technology allows you to burn a CD while running multiple applications. With BURN-Proof write assurance technology, buffer underrun errors are eliminated. You're free to burn CDs while you surf the Web, download music or print a document. So, no more failed sessions or no more CD coasters added to your current collection :) Another great feature, besides the blazzing write speed, is the 40x digital audio extracting speed. TDK says, with the 40x digital audio extracting you can rip a 3-minute audio track in 5 seconds! We will test that theory out later on in the review :)

    Requirements
    Minimum System Requirements:
    · 233 MHz Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
    · 64MB RAM
    · 160 MB available hard disk space for software installation
    · 700 MB available hard disk space for temporary CD-image files (optional)
    · Available standard half-height drive bay
    · Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/NT 4.0

    Specifications

    Here are the specs taking directly from TDK's website:

    Performance Specifications:
    · Read/Write

    40X read*
    24X write*
    10X rewrite**
    40X audio rip*

    · Burst Read

    16.6 MB/sec

    · Data Buffer 2 MB with BURN-Proof ™
    · Spindle Motor Brushless
    · Error Rate

    Mode 1: 1 Block/1012 Bits
    Mode 2: 1 Block/109 Bits

    Disc Specifications:
    · Useable Formats: Read CD-DA, CD-ROM (Mode 1), CD-ROM XA (Mode 2: form 1 or form 2), CD-ROM (Mixed Mode), Photo CD, VideoCD, CD-I (MPEG movies), CD-Extra, CD Text
    · Useable Formats: Write

    ISO 9660-HFS, Rockridge, Photo CD, VideoCD, CD-I, CD-Extra (CD-Plus), Enhanced CD, CD-Text, CD-Midi

    · Disc Diameter

    12 cm diameter read/write (Recording time 74 and 80 min.); 8 cm diameter read

    · Writing Modes Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Multisession, Fixed and Variable Packet Writing
    Front Panel:
    · Eject Eject Button, Manual Emergency Eject, Software Eject
    · Lights

    Busy/Write

    · Disc Loading

    Auto

    · Headphone Jack Stereo mini-jack, 0.9V
    · Volume Control Thumbwheel
    · CD Audio Controls Eject
    Rear Panel :
    · Power Supply

    DC +5V at average 2.0 Amps
    DC +12V at average 2.0 Amps

    · Interface Connector

    IDE bus, 40-pin flat ribbon type. Interface complies with ANSI X3T13/1153D (ATA/ATAPI-4). Supports 59 commands, including special comands for CD-R.

    · Audio Output

    Stereo analog output, Molex connector (L*G*G*R), MPC3 standard

    · Jumper Switches Master, slave, cable select
    Dimensions and Weight:
    · Dimensions (W/H/D) 148mm x 42.3mm x 194.2mm, excluding front panel
    · Weight

    950g

    Reliability:
    · MTBF 30,000 POH (20% duty cycle)
    · Tray Loading

    20,000 Load Cycles

    Note:
    * Maximum Speed
    **4X-10X rewriting requires media with the High Speed Logo
    1X-4X rewrite requires standard RW media



    1. Introduction & Specifications
    2. Installation, Testing & Conclusion
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