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Specification of the ASUSTeK CRW2410S:
Firmware version 6.36
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+G, 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 125 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x (CLV)
16x, 24x (Zone-CLV)
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
Buffer underrun error prevention technology BURN-Proof
Interface PIO Mode4
Reading 40x max (6000 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date October 2001
Manufacturer China
Price as tested $160

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • In-depth user's manual in English and Japanese;
  • Installation manual in 11 languages;
  • CD with software for disc recording: Nero Burning Rom, InCD 2.29 from Ahead Software
  • One 24x CD-R and one High Speed CD-RW (4x-10x);
  • 4 screws;
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
  • IDE cable.
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)
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)

The technical characteristics and the appearance of the CRW2410S are very close to the Sanyo BP-1500 recorder, on which the Asus's drive is based on. That is why it is not surprising that the firmware versions of both drives are identical.

Below you can see a chip from Sanyo (LC898098Y UF8 1FK3G).

Here is what the Nero says you about the drive:

The design is unsophisticated:

A traditional rectangular tray with roundish corners, a little recessed headphones jack, a mechanical volume control, a roundish tray button, two one-color LEDs and an emergency ejection hole. There is also a digital-out on the rear panel.

When recording at the highest speed the buffer lacks for stability, and jumps from 80 to 97% for the CRW2410S are normal.

The drive whistles a little during operation, though no noise or vibration can be noticed.

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