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Amacom Baby DVD Drive

Amacom Baby DVD Drive - PCSTATS
Abstract: Thinking about getting a DVD drive for the computer? Maybe one for the home and one for the Laptop? Well the Baby-DVD from Amacom would allow you to do just that - with just one drive...
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External Mfg. Website: Amacom May 18 2000   Max Page  
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Bundled software... that's good

Bundled Software

The Baby-DVD comes with PowerDVD, a fairly versatile bit of software for watching DVD's. I used PowerDVD to test out the DVD capabilities on the laptop and on a typical PC. I had to fiddle with the default resolution to accomodate the laptop's 800x600pix TFT screen before being able to watch my flicks, but that was the only adjustment necessary.

Playback of the DVD's tested was smooth, except for some areas of one test flick (Ronan) which involved lots of motion. There was a bit of skipping here and there, but I think it had more to do with the disc being scratched. Just to be on the safe side I tested the BabyDVD with one more disc (Event Horizon) and playback was perfectly smooth, with not a single skip on both laptop and PC. So the previous inconsistencies were specific to the Ronan DVD, and not the drive itself. 
CyberLink's PowerDVD is a versatile piece of software included with the Baby DVD that delivers versatile performance on multiple platforms.

 

Power DVD has a neat little control panel that attempts to replicate a standard DVD player. While I found much of the iconography at bit vague at first, I soon picked out the necessary buttons from the mass of things to use it effectively. During play back I chose full screen letterbox, and alternatively full screen. In each case the menu bar is hidden naturally.

One last bit of info concerning Power DVD is that the program comes with a system diagnostic which can be used to check your system out, and if necessary offer tips towards a better DVD experience via optimized settings, driver upgrades, and the like. The program also includes a little routine to check the video display adapters, "YUV" performance.

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Contents of Article: Amacom Baby DVD
 Pg 1.  Amacom Baby DVD Drive
 Pg 2.  Looking at the guts of the system
 Pg 3.  All important Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  — Bundled software... that's good
 Pg 5.  Nuances and Conclusions

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