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Acer MiniRW CRW-6424MU

Specification of the Acer MiniRW CRW-6424MU:
Firmware version C.IN
Interface USB 1.1
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 (single-and multi-sessions), CD-I, CD-Text, 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 - unsupported
Average access time 120 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 6X
CD-RW recording 1x, 2X, 4x
Buffer underrun error prevention technology Seamless Link
Reading 6x max (900 KBytes/s) - USB 1.1
12x max (1800 KBytes/s) - PCMCIA
24x max (3600 KBytes/s) - FireWire
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date May 2001
Manufacturer Malaysia
Price as tested $210-220

The device ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Installation Manual
  • User Manual
  • Guide for the Nero Burning Rom program
  • Sheet of paper saying that the device supports Seamless Link and Smart Detect technologies
  • CD with software for making records: Nero Burning Rom and InCD 1.7 from Ahead Software.
  • 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 MiniRW CRW-6424MU dominates on the market of external CD recorders. And only the Iomega Predator can keep up with it. The MiniRW fits excellently your hand. Besides, the device is light and pleasant to look at.

All functional buttons, including a headphones jack and a volume control, are placed very conveniently. It is also important since the drive can be used as a usual separate CD player.

The MiniRW is detected by the system the following way:

Windows 98SE

Windows 2000

Like many other USB recorders, this one seems to be based on an IDE model as well. You can't, however, take it out of the case and install in a usual system block. But to create such a drive as CRW-6424MU developers can redesign the available components. The adapter was realized right in the interface cable so that the drive wouldn't become larger.

The MiniRW has a MicroCentronics interface which allows us to use cables-adapters with standard connectors without additional adapters. But if you want to connect the CRW-6424MU to a FireWire interface you have to buy a $30 cable.

The only drawback in operation is a noticeable noise of a laser head in case of frequent random access to data. The noise was louder in the Advanced DAE Test.

The Nero provided us with the following data on the MiniRW:

A light weight (0.52 kg) and small dimensions (146 X 42 x 198mm) will allow you to carry the drive from one computer to another, while the Seamless Link technology will significantly reduce the number of damaged discs.

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