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Panasonic SW-9585 16x Internal DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 4th October, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Panasonic SW-9585

For anyone with the intention of purchasing an optical disc drive for the purpose of data archiving, personalized Audio CD compilations or for home movies, there is absolutely no shortage of brands, designs, functionalities and form factors to satisfy your secondary storage needs. Given the available options, all the various formats and numbers used as marketing collaterals, it's quite understandable that the one major consideration point is the formats supported by any given drive.

Granted there is a multitude of media and drives around, media friendliness and write quality are always the key considerations. For those who actually bother to perform their pre-purchase homework, finding that one drive with the ideal set of functions, media support, write quality and price point should be straightforward enough. However, for those who find technical jargon as unfathomable as Egyptian hieroglyphs and the nonchalant individuals, Super Multi or All-format DVD writers are the obvious choice (the only choice actually).

Panasonic SW-9585 DVD Super Multi drive.

When it comes to Super Multi drives, the LG has long established itself as the byword for consumer channel All-format DVD writers, and it helps that LG with technological collaboration with Hitachi, has a comprehensive lineup of performance and stylishly designed internal/external offerings to keep itself perched high up the 'Super Multi' class of drives. Clearly, when Panasonic so decidedly stepped back into the consumer retail channel with its very own SW-9585 Super Multi drive, naturally, expectations for it would be to match or better the LG counterpart in all areas. Before we give you the complete performance rundown, let us familiarize you with the specifications of the Panasonic SW-9585 Super Multi DVD writer.

Panasonic SW-9585 Technical Specifications
Performance
  • DVD-RAM Read: 5x
  • DVD-ROM Read: 16x, Max
  • CD-ROM Read: 40x, Max
  • DVD-RAM Write: 5x
  • DVD+R Write: 16x
  • DVD+RW Write: 8x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 4x
  • DVD-R Write: 16x
  • DVD-RW Write: 6x
  • DVD-R DL Write: 4x
  • CD-R Write: 40x
  • CD-RW Write: 24x
Interface
  • E-IDE/ATAPI
Supported IDE mode
  • PIO mode 0/1/2/3/4
  • DMA mode 0/1/2
  • UDMA mode 0/1/2
  • DMA66 Support
Buffer Size
  • 2MB
Writing Mode DVD
  • Disc-At-Once
  • Incremental Recording
CD
  • Track-at-Once
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Packet Recording
Disc Size
  • DVD: 120 mm
  • CD: 80 and 120 mm
Supported Formats DVD
  • DVD+R DL 8.5GB
  • DVD+R 4.7GB
  • DVD+RW 4.7GB
  • DVD-R DL: 8.5GB
  • DVD-R 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-RW 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-RAM
  • DVD-Video
  • DVD-5
  • DVD-9
  • DVD-10
  • DVD-18
CD
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM XA (m1, m2f1/m2f2)
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • Bootable CD
  • Photo CD (single & multi-session)
  • Video CD
  • CD-Extra
  • Mixed-mode CD
  • CD-Text
  • CD-Graphics
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 146 x 41.3x 190 mm
  • Weight: 0.920kg
Firmware Update
  • Flash memory upgradeable

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