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Iomega Predator 40x24x40x
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 17th April, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

An influx of CD-RW drives are coming our way, and we're already in the midst of testing some really cool drives even as this article is being written. First off, we'll take a look at another external offering from Iomega - the Predator 40x24x40x CD-RW. At a glance, this drive looks no different from the other Predator 40x12x40x model, which we had already reviewed. And the truth is, it's not that much different at all - until you noticed that this Predator drive comes with a new 24x re-write speed along with some noticeable improvements in performance.

Most vendors would have upped their new CD-RW drive's write-once speed along with the re-write speed. That's why you have terminologies such as 40x12x48x, 48x24x48x, 52x24x52x and so on. Iomega have clearly bucked away from this trend with this new (well, not exactly new) Predator drive, and it's easy to see why. For one, the Predator series have always been considered a slim-class portable CD writer - where form-factors, and not pure speed, are the call of the day. And according to an industry expert, it's terribly difficult to squeeze the latest terminology such as 52x24x52x for example, into a slim drive without affecting critical areas such as writing quality and noise. That's where bulkier but more powerful external CD writers such as the ASUS External 52x24x52x comes in. Secondly, we have yet to see a portable drive with a 24x re-write speed until this Predator came along. So while it's understandable that some users of the original Predator 40x12x40x will cry foul, we think it's a good effort by Iomega to make the 24x re-write speed available in a portable drive.

The front features the drive's LED and the tray lid eject button.


On the right side of the drive, we have the volume knob and the line-in jack.

Another feature that was not seen in the previous Predator drive have made its way into this new version - a standard USB port at the back. Where previous Predators relied on an Iomega proprietary port/cable, the Predator 40x24x40x drive makes use of the common USB cable. This will no doubt make it easier for owners to source for such cables at any hardware shops, if and when the need arise. And like it's 40x12x40x predecessor, the new Predator comes included with a media as well. But before you jump with joy, do note that although the bundle comes with one piece of 40x-rated CD-R media, a CD-RW disc is still lacking in sight. It's a bit of a downer to own a 24x re-write drive without any ready 24x media to take advantage of that.

Behind the drive sports the usual Predator proprietary ATAPI port. But there's a standard USB port now as well.

Anyway, let's take a look at the specifications before we move on to the benchmarks.

Technical Specifications
Interface
  • USB 2.0 / 1.1
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 40x
  • 32x
  • 24x
  • 20x
  • 16x
  • 12x
  • 8x
  • 4x
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 24x
  • 16x
  • 10x
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
  • CD-ROM XA
  • PhotoCD
  • VideoCD
  • Super VideoCD
  • CD-I
  • CD-Extra
  • CD Text

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