Ricoh MP5120A DVD+RW

Ricoh has established itself as a reliable vendor in the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW burner market over the last couple of years, and now has launched its latest combination drive. The MP5120A is an internal ATAPI (IDE) drive weighing less than 1.2kg that fits into the 5.25in slot in your desktop machine. As well as reading CD-ROM and DVD-ROM, the MP5120A is a combination 12x10x32x CD burner for CD-R and CD-RW, and supports the DVD+RW format (a new rewritable DVD standard), with a capacity of 4.7GB and record speeds of up to 2.4x.

This new standard has been promoted and supported by core members of the DVD+RW Alliance, including Sony, Dell, Mitsubishi, HP, Philips and, of course, Ricoh.

As end users deal with the large-capacity file formats used in digital multimedia, these are the types of drives to which they will turn. Of course, this medium is also useful for high-capacity backups. The drawback of this new technology is that the MP5120A drive cannot record on established DVD media such as DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM.

Yet there are some great aspects to the new DVD+RW technology. Its Lossless Linking Technology allows for high compatibility with most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players. The use of Background Formatting reduces the time required to format the disc by first formatting a small portion of the disc to allow initial writing, and then formatting the rest of the disc in the background.

Recommended system configuration required for DVD+RW writing is Windows 95 or a more recent OS version, a Pentium III 800MHz processor or faster, minimum 256MB of RAM and over 5GB free hard disk space. Your PC should also have one free 5.25in drive bay and one free IDE interface connector.

The retail package that we received included the drive, a blank DVD+RW disc, a blank CD-R disc, multilingual installation guide, mounting screws, analog audio cable and bundled software in the form of the Ulead VideoStudio version 5.0 DVD Special Edition and Nero 5.5 Burning ROM.

Ricoh MP5120A DVD+RW

Price: $1199

Distributor: Protac

Phone: (02) 8748 8888


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