By Don Labriola  |  Posted 2004-05-21 Print this article Print

Sony Electronics Inc., www.sony.com/dvdburners
$199 list
Spec Data:
ATAPI (EIDE) interface; analog audio out, digital audio out controls; 8X DVD-R record speed; 4X DVD-RW record speed; 8X DVD+R record speed; 2.4X DVD+R DL record speed; 4X DVD+RW record speed; 40X CD-R speed; 24X CD-RW speed; 1.6 by 5.7 by 6.5 (inches, HWD).

Dual-layer recording; terrific software bundle; good DVD-burning performance.
Single- and dual-layer compatibility problems; DL media expensive and scarce; slow CD ripping.
Bottom Line:
Sony is way ahead of the curve with the first double-layer DVD recorder to ship in North America. The DRU-700A offers superior performance and functionality at a reasonable price, but it will still be some time until the DVD+R DL format itself can be considered wrinkle-free.

They said it couldnt be done. But dual-layer DVD recording is at last a reality, and the first product to offer it is the ground-breaking Sony DRU-700A. A dual-layer drive can... click here for full review


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