Top DVD writer

As with most new DVD writers, the DRU-510AK supports both DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. The user-friendly DVD-RAM standard has been omitted, but with DVD+RW and DVD-RW both supported, users are unlikely to find media becoming obsolete any time soon.

Part of the reason for the success of the DRU-500A (the previous model) was its huge 8MB memory buffer. Four times as large as the 2MB versions that you tend to see in other drives, this buffer easily offered enough breathing space for the Sony to keep its burn times low. The proprietary PowerBurn technology should serve to eradicate errors even more.

Superior specifications equate to better write times, and this Sony drive is capable of writing 3GB of files to a DVD+RW in just 16 minutes and 31 seconds, and to a DVD+R in 9 minutes and 41 seconds.

Sony has spurned Ahead Software’s Nero Burning Rom package and has instead bundled a suite of Veritas titles. The various titles offer a host of facilities, from data backup to advanced video editing and DVD authoring. The software may not be as easy to use as Nero, but the features come thick and fast, and overall software performance is perhaps marginally faster.

In brief: Sony DRU-510AK
Price: $449
Vendor: Sony
Phone: 1300 137 669

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Robin Morris

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?