Nero's CD Speed burn tests a DVD+RW rated to
2.4-4x. The disc was burned files of about 4.7GB in size. This test is done by
simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed the
software will detect if it is DVD-RAM, DVD-/+R or DVD-/+RW media and run the
|Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW|
Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW Benchmark
|Media Write Speed:
Like we saw when burning CD media, the AOpen
DRW8800 burns the DVD+RW disc faster than it's rated to!
DVD burners are no longer a luxury item and now consumers have an affordable option at hand for digitally recording
their old videotape home movies. In fact, if you like more information on how to
do just that, please see PCstats Guide to Video Capture.
With a retail price of $128 CDN ($97 US), the AOpen
DRW8800 8X DVD Recorder is
competitively priced and offers potential consumers a whole host of possible uses. Whether you
need to store or transfer a bit of data on a standard 700MB CD, or a massive amount of
information on a 4.7GB DVD disc, the Aopen DRW8800 should be ready to serve.
That flexibility cannot be beat by any other
storage system out there, and considering the market penetration of the DVD-ROM,
you have a disc that can potentially be read in millions of
tests, the performance of the Aopen
DRW8800 was generally excellent; the
benchmarks illustrated that it was often one of the faster recordable DVD
drives, all the while maintaining low CPU utilization. Those of you who are
sensitive to sound will be happy to know that the AOpen DRW8800 is very quiet
too. There is a small hum from the drive when a disc is spinning
at full speed, and it can also generate a bit of heat too. Curiously, we did experience
one problem while testing the DVD reading attributes of the DRW8800 drive. While testing with a
pressed DVD full of data (Bapco's Sysmark 200), the Aopen DRW8800 drive struggled to read
it, and the computer had to be reset. After that, things worked better, so
perhaps this was just a one-off...
we were quite pleased to discover AOpen had bundled in such a complete package
of entry-level software with this 8X DVD burner. After all, don't you just hate it when you buy a
new bit of hardware, only to find out the software you
need to run it has to be purchased separately!? Bottom line, the AOpen DRW8800 is a good
8X DVD burner that comes with a helpful package of software to get you
moving in the right direction should you wish to transfer those old videotape home movies onto
recordable DVD media.
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