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Ricoh RW7083A

Specification of the Ricoh RW7083A:
Firmware version 1.10
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Text, CD+G, CD Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time 120 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 2x, 4X, 6X, 8X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 8X
Reading 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date September 2000
Manufacturer Korea
Price as tested $102

The device ships in an OEM package.

Like the Mitsumi recorder, the RW7083A ships mostly in an OEM-package. This is typical of low priced devices. And lack of a box and software for recording allows reducing the price even more.

At first sight it is clear that the production of this model is connected with Samsung. But I'm not prejudiced against the Korean giant and conducted the tests objectively.

The drive doesn't make noise, it rather whistles. Some people will definitely dislike it. In the course of testing the drive hung from time to time when used intensively. After working with CD-R or CD-RW discs the recorder refused reading usual punched discs. Ejected discs were quite warm.

The appearance is very close to the design of CD-ROM drives from Samsung: a typical oval tray open button, an oval indicator of the drive's operation, a headphones jack and a mechanical volume control. The drive can be installed both in horizontal and in vertical positions.

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