iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail







Specification of the ASUSTeK CRW-1210R:
Firmware version
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-Text, CD-I, 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 2x, 4x, 8X, 12X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 10X
Buffer underrun error prevention technology JustLink
Interface PIO Mode 4
Reading 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date June 2001
Manufacturer Japan
Price as tested $160170

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • In-depth user's manual in English;
  • CD with software for disc recording Nero Burning Rom from Ahead Software;
  • One High Speed CD-RW disc (4X10X) and nine 80 min CD-Rs (1x16x) in a CakeBox;
  • 4 screws;
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
  • IDE cable.

ATIP: 97m 27s 10f
Disc Manufacturer: Plasmon Data Systems, Ltd.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 656.10 MBytes
(74m 41s 00f / LBA: 335925)

ATIP: 97m 15s 17f
Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 702.83 MBytes (79m 59s 74f / LBA: 359849)
Indicative Target Writing Power - 4

The most interesting among the accessories is a user's manual which highlights a lot of questions a beginner can face. There are such specific issues as a principle of functioning of the JustLink.

An advanced user will obviously guess who is a manufacturer of the chipset and pickup. I wouldn't state that this drive is just an OEM version of the MP-7125A-DP from Ricoh, but it is definitely very close to the Ricoh ones.

Here is what the Nero says you about the drive:

Some time ago ASUSTeK released a recorder of 12/10/32 with the SuperLink technology. Nevertheless, the front panel of our hero says that it is equipped with the JustLink. The Nero, however, says that it is exactly the SuperLink.

While working the drive whistles a bit. Discs ejected after intensive reading are rather warm.

The appearance is very similar to the Ricoh.

A tray door, a headphones jack, a mechanical volume control, an emergency ejection hole and one LED. The drive can be installed both in vertical and horizontal positions.

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