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Old May 11, 2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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ASUS DRW-1608P 16x DVD±RW Review by CDRLABS

"The DRW-1608P is a good example of what we've come to expect from ASUS. Based on the Pioneer DVR-109, this affordably priced drive offers an impressive number of features and some of the fastest DVD reading and writing speeds available. While normally a winning combination, there were a few things that kept the DRW-1608P from getting top marks in our review.

Like the Pioneer drive it's based on, the DRW-1608P can write to DVD+R and DVD-R media at 16x. At this speed, it took the drive about 6 minutes to write an entire 4.7GB DVD. The DRW-1608P also turned in some very good times when writing to DVD-RW media at 6x, but for whatever reason would not recognize any of our 8x DVD+RW media. According to ASUS, support for the new 8x media is coming very soon. Fortunately, writing to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media wasn't a problem for the DRW-1608P. Thanks to its 6x writing speed, it took the drive about 19 minutes to burn 8GB of data.

These days, media compatibility and writing quality are just as important as speed. Unfortunately, finding media that the DRW-1608P would write to at 16x was not an easy task. While the drive wrote to most of our test media at 12x, only a handful of it worked at 16x. Nevertheless, the DRW-1608P's writing quality was pretty good for the most part. However, there is still room for improvement, especially with the 16x DVD-R discs from Memorex and Sony."
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