The fight for supremacy in the DVD writer market has taken another twist with the release of Teac’s latest drive. The DV-W50EK boasts 4x DVD-R capabilities, making it (on paper at least) one the fastest drives we’ve seen yet. The drive also reads CDs at 32x in addition to writing and rewriting them at 16x and 8x, respectively. Installation was straightforward.
The Teac wrote our 3GB test DVD-R in a mere 16 minutes 47 seconds — almost a minute faster than the next best drive. DVD-RWs were slower, requiring almost 20 minutes at 2x. If DVD-RWs (as opposed to write-once DVD-Rs) are your media of choice, you’ll still find drives from the likes of Ricoh and Philips generally to be faster.
The 2MB data buffer improves reliability by giving the drive more time to recover from writing errors.
Ahead Software’s Nero package, including the simplified Nero Express, is bundled, as is Pinnacle Studio 8.0 for users seeking an introduction to video editing.
Although DVD-RW times were disappointing, for DVD-R the Teac has no rivals. Add to this the good software bundle and the excellent price tag (including two-year warranty) and you have an obvious purchase for anyone looking to dip a toe into the waters of DVD burning.
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