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Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review

Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The DVD/CDROM lies hidden behind the front control panel, and with the push of a button that easily folds down so that disc's can be changed.
Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 05 2003   Max Page  
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Different Media Types

Since the 16X DVD-ROM Gigabyte M1600A will accept many different types of media, we've taken a few shots of the drive, and subsequent control screens, to give you a better feel for just what this little drive can handle - along with some of its quirks.

The Gigabyte M1600A has a dot-matrix VFD suspended in front of a pair of electroluminescent back lights, which produces probably one of the most unique displays to hit the computer world in some time. While the VFD display is dot-matrix, the M1600A didn't display the titles of the MP3 tracks as it played them, just track number and time. When a MP3-CD is inserted into the drive, the unit goes through and does a total track count before proceeding to play any of the MP3s. In our tests, it seems as though VBR (variable bit rate) encoded MP3s are not accepted all that well. Officially, the drive supports 32-128Kbit encoded MP3 files.

The M1600A reads the disc before giving control over to the user to play a CD.

The radio is one of the best features of the Gigabyte M1600A, and even has options allowing you to key in several pre-sets so you can quickly index predefined radio stations. The digital FM tuner uses a small wire antenna at the rear and ranges in signal from 87.5-108MHz

Show is a preset channel that makes moving through the radio dial pretty simple. The tuner can be changed with the remote control if desired. It would have been a more convenient to be able to swing through the radio dial with one of the knobs on the control panel, but this isn't the case.

With the auxiliary input, the M1600A can accept an audio channel in through the control card.
Since the Gigabyte M1600A can operate independently of the PC, it turns off by holding the left dial in for a few seconds. When powered down, a clock is displayed.

Now that we've gone over the long list of features the Gigabyte M1600A has to boast, and given you an idea of what you can expect from the unit acoustically, it's time to benchmark this 16X DVD. With all the controls up front it is easy to forget that with the push of a button the control panel folds down to reveal a DVD drive too!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte M1600A
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review
 Pg 2.  Hidden Features and More
 Pg 3.  How well does it really work?
 Pg 4.  — Different Media Types
 Pg 5.  Test system specs and benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CD Speed, Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Nero DVD Speed tests

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