Inside the Box
: Sony DRU-500A">
The software bundle differs a bit from Pioneers, and is more in line with what youd expect from a consumer product:
The real strength of the DRU-500A lies in its ability to use multiple DVD recordable formats. Its not quite a "universal recorder", since it wont write to DVD-RAM disks. Being able to write to DVD-RAM would make this drive a serious tool for archival backups, but thats not the purpose of the drive. Its main purpose is to be a device suitable for consumers and pros alike. Pros will like the ability to write to DVD-R/RW when needed, as many of their clients or repro houses will likely want that format. But the ability to write to DVD+R/RW will appeal to consumers and users who need up to 4.7GB of casual backup. Bear in mind that this is not a serious tool for regular backups to the same disc -- DVD+R/RW media can only be written to perhaps 1,000 times at best. If youre constantly overwriting sections of the disc, you can hit that 1,000 time mark much more quickly than you might expect. Performance is generally pretty good, though DVD read performance is unusually slow. However, it doesnt seem to be slow as a CD-ROM reader, so most users might not notice. Its certainly fast enough for playing back DVD movies. The drive itself is a little more attractive than most optical drives, with the actual drawer bezel being platinum-colored plastic. The drive also lacks a volume control and headphone jack, but that will likely not be missed by most users.
- RecordNow CD burning application
- MyDVD 4 DVD authoring application
- MusicMatch 7.1 digital music ripping and playback software
- PowerDVD XP 4.0 DVD movie playback application
- SimpleBackup software backup tool
Some, but not all, manuals are on disc. Sony supplies a fold-out folio with directions for downloading additional updates and applications, such as Veritas DLA packet writing driver.