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TDK External USB 2.0 CyClone 48x16x48x
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 27th November, 2002
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Another external CD-RW drive? Yes, and it seems that external drives are becoming more popular judging from the influx of external drives delivered to our testing labs. Perhaps it is a sign of things to come in the CD-RW industry? Probably, since the next big leap for CD-RW vendors is to push out faster external CD-RW drives into a market that is already saturated with internal drives. Anyway, today's offering is one from TDK and we were already attracted to its form factor the moment we took it out of the box.

The TDK External USB 2.0 CD-RW is based on the 48x16x48x terminology, and like the Iomega External USB 2.0 CD-RW we reviewed recently, this TDK writer is basically an internal drive fitted into an external casing. But unlike many external CD-RW drives we have seen so far, the TDK External 48x16x48x is probably one of the best looking drive out in the market at the moment. In fact, it is hard to not believe that the designer of this drive is probably a PlayStation 2 fan - just check out the PS2-inspired grooves along the drive in the next page.

Technical Specifications
  • USB 2.0 / 1.1
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
  • 210MB (24 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 48x : 7200 KB/s
  • 40x : 6000 KB/s
  • 32x : 4800 KB/s
  • 24x : 3600 KB/s
  • 16x : 2400 KB/s
  • 12x : 1800 KB/s
  • 8x : 1200 KB/s
  • 4x : 600 KB/s
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 16x: 2400 KB/s
  • 12x: 1800 KB/s
  • 10x: 1500 KB/s
  • 8x: 1200 KB/s
  • 4x: 600 KB/s
Reading Speed
  • 48x max.
  • 48x max. (digital audio extraction)
Access Time
  • 100 ms
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with 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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