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Hewlett Packard CD-Writer Plus 9310i

Basic claimed characteristics of Hewlett Packard CD-Writer Plus 9310i
Upgrade version: 1.0b
Loading mechanism: Tray
Recording modes: Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing.
Recording formats: CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-ROM XA, VideoCD, CD-I, PhotoCD, CD-Extra, CD-Text, CD-Bridge
Average access time: 125 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x
Reading 14x-32x (2100-4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size: 4096 KBytes
Production date: April, 2000
Manufacturer: Malaysia
Price for the moment of testing: 225 - 235 USD

The delivery-pack: Retail.

Complete set:

  • Installation manual in the form of spreading poster in 5 languages.
  • Installation manual in the form of a book in 10 languages (Russian included).
  • Booklet containing information on technical support, address and telephone number of the nearest service center (Russia incl.).
  • Booklet containing information on troubleshooting in 5 languages.
  • CD with drivers and program for recording and creating of CD - EasyCD Creator, version 3.5 of Adaptec company and DirectCD, version 2.5 with update to 3.0.
  • Two CDs containing software.
  • One CD-R, one CD-RW.
  • Set for sticker creating (for CD cold face).
  • Four screws for device installation inside the system block.
  • Analog audiocable to connect the drive to the soundcard.
  • IDE-connector.

The design doesn't differ from other devices beginning with 7500 series: a decorative relief wave, two indicators, headphones jack, volume control and accurate open button. One indicator lights up green when there is a disc inside your CD-ROM, or it blinks green during the reading. It lights up red if error occurs or if you decide to eject the disc during the reading. The second indicator blinks periodically while recording.

There included also ACID Music of Sonic Foundry company and a program for creating stickers (NEATO CDLabeler - Media Face). It was interesting for us to discover that Media Face has samples for different graphics and textual editors: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Pagemaker, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Word, CorelDraw! and Freehand. As for the rest, it's just the same NEATO CDLabeler. For more detailed information on these programs, refer there.

The drive is similar to 9110i model, that's why it works also silently at the highest speed. To some degree it can be explained by firm rubber connection of the front panel with the system block.

There is a digital output on the rear panel, but it's marked "Reserved".

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