High-Speed DVD Burner Roundup - Page 6

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The Asus DRW-0804P seems to be based on the Pioneer 8x mechanism. Like the Memorex drive, it seems to behave very similarly to the Pioneer DVR-A07, though there are a couple of interesting, if relatively minor, differences in access times. The Asus drive has a 2MB buffer built in.

The Asus drive ships with the OEM version of Nero suite 6.3. Although its tied to the drive, it is the full 6.3 version, with all the goodies, including music ripping, DVD authoring as well as DVD and CD burning. (For a full review of Nero 6.3, check out Don Labriolas review at PCMag.com.)
The usual sketchy install manual is included, as is the standard set of screws, IDE cable and CD audio cable. Given that this is the lowest cost of the Pioneer-based drives, the Asus drive is actually a pretty good deal. If you do buy the DRW-0804P, make sure you download the 1.12 firmware, which adds support for more media.

Product

Asus DRW-0804P

Web Site

www.asus.com

Pros

Reliable Pioneer mechanism; good write performance; full Nero bundle; low price

Cons

Slow DAE access

Summary

The cheapest Pioneer-based drive we’ve seen, this unit is an excellent value--once the latest firmware is installed.

Price

$109, check prices

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