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OptoRite 48/16/48 CD-RW Burner Review - Conclusion

High speed CD-RW burners are becoming increasingly more affordable each day as they gain in popularity. Follow Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at a 48/16/48 speed burner from OptoRite. You can pick one of these kits up for $100 US, but does it actually work well and most importantly, at its marked speeds? Read on and find out - It might just make the perfect Christmas gift for the geek in your family!

| Optical Drives & Media in Storage | Posted: Dec 15, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: OptoRite

Conclusion

 

Optorite have put together a fantastic CD-RW unit for around $100 US (roughly $200 AU) price tag. This puts CD-RW support for your PC within the average user's price range.

 

Performance wise, the drive is a little slower when accessing CD's than our MSI model, but only just noticeable. Installation was as simple as placing the unit into a free 5.25" rack, screw it into place, connect the IDE cable and turn on the PC. Widows detects the drive automatically and is able to get you access to it within a matter of seconds of boot up. Installing the software for recording was just as easy.

 

We used a number of makes of CD-R media for compatibility, including Mitsumi, TDK, Kodak, Verbatim and Pioneer - all of which worked flawlessly at 48x.

 

In conclusion, this unit is for just about anyone looking for a cheap and fast CD-RW unit.

 

Pros

 

- Fast

 

- SMART-BURN Technology

 

- Low Level of Vibration

 

- Worked with all 48x compatible media we tested

 

Cons

 

- Loud

 

- 48x media not always available in retail stores (usually in enthusiast stores)

 

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

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