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Iomega CD-RW Plus
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 21st July, 2004
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Designed to ease the growing number of peripherals from cluttering up valuable desktop space, Iomega's external 7-in-1 combo drive is the company's answer for consumers looking to have a cleaner and neater desktop. If you intend to get yourself a CD writer, a DVD-ROM drive and a card reader capable of handling a slew of solid-state memory cards, this would be the all-in-one solution. While its main design theme is a certain space saving property, its technical specification is one that's not to be snuffed at either. DVD-ROM read speed comes in at a blazing 16x while CD-R and CD-RW writing speeds are at 52x and 24x respectively. The card reader itself is an impressive 7-in-1 make, priding itself by supporting the various major solid-state memory formats around. The importance of having a multi-card reader is especially relevant in today's lifestyle, where portable devices such as PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras, voice memo recorders and such are so prevalent.


Probably the most suitable area of use for this versatile device is in the field of digital photography, where the need to read, archive or create digital albums is on a near daily process for many. Apart from work related usage, movie buffs will be able to sit back and enjoy hours of DVD screen time with the drive as well. Though a combo drive may be a little passé in an era where DVD is fast becoming the preferred storage optical format, to say they are out of flavor is an overstatement. This is particularly true for users who are still not jumping into the DVD storage bandwagon just yet. After all, DVDs are still no match for the good old CDs when cheap yet highly distributable media are needed for information dissemination.

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