Toshiba SD

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-05-25 Print this article Print

-R5272"> Toshiba has built a reputation for building solid, unassuming drives that arent necessarily top performers, but are well-mannered and long-lived. The SD-R5272 seems to be continuing that tradition.
Like several other drives we reviewed, the Toshiba comes with the full Nero 6.3 OEM software suite. Its a capable, complete suite that should do well for most users. Documentation is on the skimpy side, however.
As for performance, the Toshiba plods along, generally placing in the rear of the pack, but always getting to the finish line. The 2MB buffer kept the burn process moving smoothly, without creating any coasters. While it certainly cant be called a speedy drive, the price is right, at around $85 on the street. So if you want a low-cost, reliable performer, then this drive may be worth considering.
Product Toshiba SD-R5272
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Pros Low cost; good software bundle
Cons Slowest of the drives we tested
Summary Capable and inexpensive but on the slow side.
Price $85, check prices

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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