Memorex True8X

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

The True8X is another Pioneer-based drive. The True8X sports an attractive front bezel thats equally comfortable in bland beige boxes or a PC thats more esthetically interesting. The package contents consist of the usual batch of cables and screws, a thin manual and a full (OEM) copy of Nero Suite 6.3 and a copy of PhotoShow Deluxe. The average price for the Memorex drive is around $123 on the net. Thats a bit steeper than the Asus drive, but its also more widely available and offers somewhat more pleasing aesthetics. Performance of the Memorex and Asus drives are nearly identical. Overall, it will be easier to find than the Asus 8x drive, but also slightly more expensive, albeit with a slightly better software bundle.
Product Memorex True8X
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Pros Reliable Pioneer mechanism; good write performance; full Nero bundle plus PhotoShow
Cons Slightly higher price than the Asus drive
Summary The Memorex is a well-mannered drive that offers better-than-average aesthetics
Price $123, 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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