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Acer CRW-4406EU

Specification of the Acer CRW-4406EU:
Firmware version A.AZ
Interface USB 1.1
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-ROM (mode1 and mode 2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA, CD-I (mode 2, form 1 and form 2), Photo CD (single- and multi-sessions), Video CD, CD-Extra, Mixed mode 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 - unsupported
Average access time 180 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x
CD-RW recording 1x, 2X, 4x
Buffer underrun error prevention technology No
Reading 6x max (900 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date February 2001
Manufacturer Malaysia
Price as tested $145-155

The device ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Installation Manual in the form of a poster
  • Guide for the EasyCD Creator and DirectCD programs in 7 languages
  • CD with software for making records: EasyCD Creator 4.02e and DirectCD 3.01e from Roxio
  • Power supply unit and a standard USB cable for connection of the recorder to the computer
  • Diskette with drivers for Windows 95/98/2000
  • CD-RW disc;

ATIP: 97m 22s 60f
Disc Manufacturer: Acer Media Technology, Inc.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.20 MBytes (74m 41s 50f / LBA: 335975)

The CRW-4406EU model is less functional and looks less attractive than the MiniRW. Nevertheless, its functions and possibilities will satisfy the majority of people who need an external CD-RW drive.

A pleasant silvery design of the case together with a stylish grey face won't make you feel that the drive is based on the internal model. The front panel in made in a streamline style with roundish buttons.

On the front panel you can find a tip-up tray lid, a headphones jack, a volume control, a tray button, an audio CD play button, 2 LEDs and an emergency ejection hole. On the rear panel there are both analog- and digital-outs.

The CRW-4406EU is detected in the system the following way:

Apart from the software for CD recording, the disc contains an e-version of the User manual a lot of other useful information. If the autorun function is enabled in your system your can use a convenient shell to make the access to all utilities easier.

The CRW-4406EU makes no noise while working.

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