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ASUS SCB-2408-D portable combo drive
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 27th January, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

First Impression and Bundled Stuffs

At first glance, the slim profiled darling from ASUS is indeed small. Dimension wise, it’s no bigger then your standard CD jewel case. According to ASUS, the design is drawn out such that it resembles that of a CD case and what a look-alike it turned out to be indeed. Though it’s extremely slim and lightweight, you most probably won’t feel the fragility of the drive even though it’s housed in a silver finished plastic material. The overall squarish design makes it look tough and withstanding, but at the same time making the design less contemporary.

How's this for size?

Slim from every angle..

Just in case..

Diverting our attention over to the packaging and its interior, the drive is packed snugly in a well design padded box – ASUS really does ensure that the drive won’t be damaged from shipping. We were greeted with an array of items when we flipped the cover open. One of the items in the box is a drive jacket for you to ensure that your shiny new drive doesn’t get scratched up from all your negligence when you’re on the road. Various different power sockets adaptors found in the box will undoubtedly delight frequent overseas travellers. A two thumbs up to ASUS for including not one, but two recordable media in the bundle, a 52x CD-R media and a high-speed 12x CD-RW media. It’s a rarity nowadays for manufacturers to bundle free recordable media with their optical products, thus we were pleasantly surprised to find two of such medias bundled in with the drive.

For this ultra-portable drive, ASUS has foregone with the full version of Nero Burning Rom and chose to bundle Nero Express v5.5.10.14 instead. For those who intend to watch DVD movies with the drive, ASUS has included their own AsusDVD player software, which is based on Cyberlink’s PowerDVD. With this software, you can play almost all supported video file formats on your PC, from VCDs, SVCDs to DVDs.

On the connectivity end, ASUS' SCB-2408-D supports two high-speed, high-bandwidth connections to connect the device to your PC, namely the USB 2.0 and FireWire IEEE-1394 standards, no small feat for such a diminutive design. These two connections will ensure users of both Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Macintosh operating platforms are not neglected. A small yet important piece of information is that both cables for these two connections are included and are non-proprietary, which means they are easily replaceable should you lose or damaged them.

Looking at the entire package from a perched view, it becomes clear that ASUS' design team has adopted a consumer's point of view approach and has given everything you need in the box to help you get started.

Everything you need to get started.

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