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TDK CyClone External USB 2.0 40x12x40x
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 15th July, 2002
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  
Price : SGD339


External and portability seems to be the call of the day with CD-RW drives now. Hardware Zone's third external drive after the AOpen and LITE-ON's, the TDK external drive we have here today runs on the now-standard USB 2.0 interface and comes with a writing speed of 40x, re-writing at 12x and reading at 40x.

Much like the Iomega Predator 2 and the LITE-ON LX24101A, this External TDK CyClone is an external "top-loading" CD-RW drive too. Call it a stroke of fate, based on the drive's design and asthetic, it's clear-cut that the TDK CyClone is based on a LITE-ON OEM model - so we can expect to see a similar LITE-ON external USB 2.0 40x12x40x CD-RW drive soon.

Like some of the previous TDK CyClone drives we reviewed, the TDK CyClone External USB 2.0 features the usual CD-R/RW, Nero and MixMaster software and a CD-R pen.

In the TDK CyClone package, you'll find a software disc (which includes Nero 5.5, InCD 2 and TDK Digital MixMaster), an 80-minute 12x CD-RW disc, an 80-minute 40x CD-R disc, a proprietory USB 2.0 cable, a CD-R pen and manuals. Strangely, TDK seems to have missed out on an emergency pin which they would normally bundle with their drives. But that's a minor issue really, as the TDK CyClone certainly attracts the typical user with its vast range of bundled goodies and I must say that it's a pretty complete package.

Let's check out the specifications shown below :-

TDK CyClone External USB 2.0 40x12x40x Technical Specifications
  • USB 2.0 / 1.1
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 40x (P-CAV) : 6000 KB/s
  • 32x (P-CAV): 4800 KB/s
  • 24x (P-CAV): 3600 KB/s
  • 20x (CLV) : 3000 KB/s
  • 16x: 2400 KB/s
  • 12x: 1800 KB/s
  • 8x: 1200 KB/s
  • 4x: 600KB/s
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 12x: 1800 KB/s
  • 10x: 1500 KB/s
  • 8x: 1200 KB/s
  • 4x: 600 KB/s
Reading Speed
  • 40x max.
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with¬†SMART-BURN Buffer-Underrun Protection¬†
Writing Methods
  • Disc at Once
  • Track at Once
  • Session at Once
  • Packet Writing
  • Multisession
  • Mount Rainier
Supported Write/Read Formats
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM
  • PhotoCD
  • VideoCD
  • Super VideoCD
  • CD-I
  • CD-Extra
  • CD Text

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