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Imation External 8x DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 20th August, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


It's a trend to see external optical drives having a slower adoption pace when it comes to groundbreaking read/write speeds than their internal counterparts. Even though a handful of manufacturers have been rolling out new write speeds for both their internal and external drives series, the hard fact is that wheeling out internal writers is easier and faster than pushing out external ones. Of course, the higher demand for internal drives over external versions is a huge factor as well.

For a long time running, users of external DVD writers have been standing by the sidelines and writing DVDs at a slower 4x write speed while their peers who are using internal variants have been progressing steadily and rapidly through 8x, 12x and 16x. With the Imation external 8x DVD writer, users relying on external DVD writers will finally be able to create their own digital masterpiece in under 10 minutes, increasing production and wasting less time in waiting for their DVDs to be authored. Over the course of the past few months, we've been treated to a variety of internal '88' DVD writers and have been impressed with their capabilities so far. So will the Imation external 8x DVD writer, an '88' drive, performs just as admirably? Keep reading then.

Imation External 8x DVD Writer Technical Specification
Performance (DVD)
  • DVD+R/RW: 8x (11.0MB/sec max)
  • DVD-R: 8x (11.0MB/sec max)
  • DVD-ROM: 12x (16.5MB/sec max; Single-Layer)
  • DVD-ROM: 8x (11.0MB/sec max; Dual-Layer)
  • Access Time: 160 ± 10ms
Performance (CD)
  • Data Transfer Rate /write: 6,000KByte/sec (40X)
  • Data Transfer Rate /rewrite: 3,600KByte/sec (24X)
  • Data Transfer Rate /read: 6,000KByte/sec (40X, Max.)
  • Access Time: 160 ± 10ms
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 1.1
Readable Formats (DVD)
  • DVD Single/Dual-Layer (PTP, OTP)
  • DVD-R (3.9GB/4.7GB)
  • DVD-R multi-borders
  • DVD+R
  • DVD+R multi-sessions
  • DVD-RW
  • DVD+RW discs of 8cm or 12cm diameter
Readable Formats (CD)
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM
  • Photo-CD
  • CD-I Ready
  • Multi-session
  • Karaoke-CD
  • Video-CD
  • CD-I FMV
  • CD Extra
  • CD Plus
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW discs of 8cm or 12cm diameter
  • 2 MB
  • Imation External DVD writer
  • Nero Express 6 CD Kit
  • PowerDVD 5 CD Kit
  • USB Device Driver Diskette (for Win 98)
  • Quick Setup
  • Operating Manual (Nero Software Guide is in the Nero CD)
  • Power Adapter
  • Power cable
  • USB2.0 cable
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimension (W x H x D): 170 x 58 x 240mm +/- 20mm
  • Weight: 1.46kg (approx.)

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