TDK VorteX AI-CDRW121032A
|Specification of the VorteX
||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once,
MultiSession, Packet Writing
||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
||2x, 4x, 8X, 12X
||2X, 4x, 10X
|Buffer underrun error prevention technology
||PIO Mode 4
||32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
|Price as tested
The drive ships in a Retail package.
The box contains:
- In-depth user's manual in 6 languages;
- Installation Manual in the form of a poster;
- CD with software for disc recording Nero Burning Rom 22.214.171.124,
InCD 1.8 from Ahead Software and a TDK's utility Digital MixMaster
3.54, an audio player;
- 16x CD-R Reflex Ultra and High Speed CD-RW (4X–10X) discs;
- 4 screws, a spare bridge and an "Eject Stick";
- TDK's marker for writing on an idle disc surface;
- Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
- IDE cable.
ATIP: 97m 34s
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemicals
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X – max.
nominal Capacity: 656.40 MBytes
(74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)
ATIP: 97m 31s
Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
Reflective layer: Dye (Long strategy;
e.g. Cyanine, Azo etc.)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown
– max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.69 MBytes
(74m 45s 00f / LBA: 336225)
In spring this year TDK launched a new line of
CD-RW drives in addition to the CyClone. This measure should extend
their segment on the market and strengthen the TDK's position. But
it is quite difficult even for major vendors to promote several
Here is what the Nero says you about the drive:
The JustLink, a 2 MBytes buffer, v1.00 of the microprogram
and the appearance prove that it is a Ricoh based drive. The accessories
do not differ much from the CyClone series. But the price of the
VorteX remains attractive.
While working the VorteX whistles a little, and
discs ejected after intensive reading are usually rather warm.
The design is not less fetching than that of similar
drives from ASUS, AOpen or Ricoh.
A semitransparent door hides a stylish black tray
with the TDK's logo.
All other controls are standard: a headphones jack,
a mechanical volume control, an emergency ejection hole and one
LED. On the rear panel there is a digital-out. The drive can be
installed both in vertical and horizontal positions.
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