Inside the Box
: Pioneer DVR-A05U">
The DVR-A05U ships with a software bundle consisting of:
The drive itself is fairly unassuming, with a stock beige bezel. The rear panel has the usual connectors for the parallel ATA cable, ATA master/slave jumper, analog audio and power. No S/PDIF connector graces the back panel, though an unlabeled 4-pin connector is present. The drive also has a headphone jack and volume knob, spiffy features when you just want to pop a CD in and listen to music, though it seems oddly anachronistic in todays digital music world. The drive performs very well in its primary task of authoring DVD video onto DVD-R/RW media. In addition, it seems to be a speedy CD-ROM and DVD-ROM player, but its CD-RW capabilities are modest next to todays high speed dedicated CD burners. Still, the capability is there if you need it. However, we wouldnt recommend this drive for data backup, especially if you plan on using packet writing, drag-and-drop capability. The Pioneer takes an eon to formate a packet-writable disc, and write times are quite long.
- Roxios EZ-CD Creator Basic, , for burning CDs.
- Sonics MyDVD 4.0 for simple DVD authoring capabilities
- ArcSofts Showbiz, a simple movie editing package
- Pinnacle InstantWrite, a packet writing driver and UDF management tool
Manuals are on disc, in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.