ASUS CRW-5224a

An internal drive offering blistering read/write/rewrite speeds of 52x52x24x, the CRW-5224A includes ASUS’s innovative CD-RW technology that optimises CD burning for high-speed quality output while ensuring burning errors are minimised.

ASUS’s FlextraLink buffer underrun technology prevents the unnecessary creation of unusable discs. Advanced Partial-CAV technology is said to increase data rates significantly when writing information to discs and is featured on this drive. We were also impressed with the inclusion of FlextraSpeed to deal with discs that can’t withstand high-speed burning. FlextraSpeed automatically assesses the quality of the disc and optimises the burning speed — yet another good way to prevent disc write errors.

With so much technology on board the drive looked great on paper and we expected it to perform well in our tests. We burned a 350MB CD-R on the fastest setting, which took just 1 minute and 51 seconds. It was the first time we’ve seen a drive break the two-minute barrier. Formatting discs for drag-and-drop use took a mere 48 seconds and 350MB CD-RW discs only took three minutes. Throw in the two-year warranty and you arguably have the best drive around.

Price: $219
Distributor: Synnex Australia
Phone: 1300 880 038
URL: www.synnex.com.au

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