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TDK External USB 2.0 CyClone 48x16x48x
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 27th November, 2002
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

If Looks Could Kill

For an external drive, the TDK 48x16x48x is a winner when it comes to looks and form factor. Granted that it doesn't have the ultra-slim form factor seen in other TDK external drives or like the Iomega Predator-series, it isn't as huge as the Iomega External 48x24x48x or the AOpen External 40x12x48x drives. We thought the TDK 48x16x48x will be portable enough for most users and yet not look awkward next to a desktop PC. The drive itself is encased in a black housing with grooves on all sides, and a green beacon at the top to let you know whether the drive is turned on or off.

To prevent the drive from slipping, rubber feets are built under the base of the drive. TDK have also upped the ante here again by including a vertical stand (they call it the Anti Toppling Drive Stand though) to allow you to fix your TDK drive, well, vertically. At the rear of the drive is an on/off switch which we thought is a really good convenience (go read our Iomega External USB 2.0 48x24x48x to see what we meant). Of course, the drive still feature the crowd-favorite blue tray which TDK's CD-RW drives are famous for.

Over at the bundle side, TDK have included a 48x-rated CD-R and a 16x-rated CD-RW media each on top of the standard CD-R/RW pen. TDK is also generous on the software side, bundling not just their usual TDK Digital Mix Master and Nero Express / InCD, but NeroVision Express as well. For the uninitiated, NeroVision Express allows you to create VCDs from your home movies or video recordings through the writer. Nero Express is basically a lite version of Nero Burning ROM and Digital Mix Master is an MP3 encoding/ripping software.

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