the ASUSTeK CRW-4816A :|
|Recording modes||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once,
MultiSession, Packet Writing|
CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Mixed Mode CD-ROM, CD-I,CD-Extra, CD-Text, Video
CD, DVCD, Bootable 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||100 ms|
8x, 12x, 16x, (CLV) |
24x (16x-24x), 32x (16x-32x), 40x (20x-40x), 48x (24x-48x)
|CD-RW recording||2x, 4x, 8x, 10x, 12x,
|Buffer underrun error prevention technology||FlextraLink|
|Optimal write speed and laser power technology||FlextraSpeed|
|Interface||PIO Mode4 (by default), |
max (7200 KB/s)|
|Buffer size||2048 KB|
The drive ships in a Retail package.
The box contains:
- In-depth user manual in English;
- CD with software for disc
recording: Nero Burning Rom 188.8.131.52 from Ahead Software and InCD 3.2.3
One 48x CD-R and one High Speed CD-RW (4x-16x);
- 4 screws
Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
- IDE cable.
|ATIP: 97m 22s 67f
Disc Manufacturer: Acer Media Technology,
Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
59s 74f / LBA: 359849)
97m 22s 60f |
Acer Media Technology, Inc.
layer: Phase change
Speeds: min. 4X - max. 8X
59s 74f / LBA: 359849)
and method of recording:
As soon as we got the drive we flashed in the latest version of the microprogram
- 1.0, not to stumble on errors (which are corrected in the new version), such
as failure to pass the DAE Test.
For 48x recording you will need media certified for this speed because of the
ATIP identification. The recorder didn't feel any desire to record a new TDK d-view
at 48x, supporting only 40x (even with FlextraSpeed disabled), while the Imation
32x was easily burnt at 48x.
ASUS positions the FlextraSpeed technology as the most perfect in its area.
I can't say it's wrong. The recorder won't offer 40x just because you inserted
a disc from Tayio Yuden. 32x is the maximum speed the CRW4816A will burn this
media type. HP phthalocyanine CD-R 1x-12x with the old ATIP Mitsui, the CD-RW
drive won't let you set the speed higher than 32x. The CRW4012A had the same thing.
But the CRW4816A has undergone some changes. For example, the CD-R Mirex 24x can
be recorded at 32x, while the previous model couldn't set it over 16x.
The situation is the same for ATIP of less famous manufacturers (Plasmon, Princo,
Gigastorage), irrespective of the speed a given CD-R is meant for. The ASUS 48x
model will suggest recording them at the speed within 4x-16x.
The supported Mt. Rainier technology makes operation with CD-RW media easier
and more reliable.
The Nero utility provides the following information on the recorder (as the
drive had a CD-R inside the Nero indicated the maximum speed of 32x):
The design is unsophisticated and neat: a traditionally rectangular tray sticking
out a bit, a metallic headphone jack and a mechanical volume control. A narrow
tray button and a track one (which can also be used to select speeds) are too
small. Two one-color LEDs and an emergency ejection hole are also located on the
Apart from standard connectors for setting the drive into
Master/Slave positions the rear panel has one more jumper. So that the drive can
be able to work in the UltraDMA 33 protocol this jumper must be removed. You can
also listen to audio CDs via the digital SPDIF interface.
Like the CRW4012A,
the drive whistles, though not too loudly, thanks to the DDSS II technology. But
the discs ejected are really hot which is very harmful for CD-R and CD-RW media.
That is why the CRW4816A should be installed next to other DVD/CD-ROM drives
and especially next to a hard drive. Back
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