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      22.12.2003 20:57
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      * * * UPDATE AUGUST 2004 : This Taiwanese hardware manufacturer finally seems to be back on-line. Their site is now simply http://www.emprex.com. Firmware updates for their optical drives are available for download and now there's even a small FAQ section. * * * ---Introduction In one of my other contributions here on dooyoo.uk I've been rambling on about the advent of DVD-rewriters. So a short while back I bit the bullet and purchased such a device. ---The Emprex In fact buying this exact DVD-burner was a bit of a gamble as I was completely unfamiliar with the brand and not much info was even to be found about it on the net. I'm not saying that any comments you find on the net about something are 100% trustworthy - e.g. my reviews ;-) - but it's always a good indication nevertheless. One thing that puzzles me however is that the own EMPREX homepage (http://www.emprex.com.tw) seems to be unavailable at the time I'm writing this, I hope this is not a bad sign. If I would have really wanted to play it safe I could simply have gone for one of the bigger brands e.g. Pioneer, Sony, Plextor, and others, which by now all now have their multistandard DVDrewriters on the market, with prices just a bit over the price of the Emprex. However, I did discover that this dvdrewriter is in fact a clone of a model sold by a less unfamiliar brand namely BTC (http://www.btceurope.nl/english/2-2-dvd_rw.htm#1004). ---Features: - 4x DVD+/-R Write, 4X DVD+RW / 2X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-ROM Read - 40x CD-R Write, 24x CD-RW Rewrite, 40x CD-ROM Read - Supports easy drag & drop function - Software for audio/video authoring and editing included - Includes MTKSuperLink buffer underrun error prevention technology ---Specifications: Model name EDW4020 Interface E-IDE/ATAPI Disc data capacity (CD) 74min/650MB, 80mi
      n/700MB (DVD) 4.7GB Supported media for writing DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW Writing formats (DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW) DVD-ROM, DVD-Video(CD) CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Extra, CD-I, Mixed-Mode CD, Video CD, Photo CD, CD-TEXT, Bootable CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Multi-Session Writing methods (DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW) Random Access Write, Sequential Write(CD-R/RW) Track at Once, Disc at Once, Session at Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing Writing speed (DVD+/-R, DVD+RW) 1x, 2x, 4x (DVD-RW) 1x, 2x (CD-R) 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x (CD-RW) 4x, 10x, 16x, 24x Reading speed (DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW) max. 6x (CD-R) max. 40x, (CD-RW) max. 32x (CD-ROM) max. 40x, (DVD-ROM) max. 12x Data transfer rate Max. 33MB/sec Access time (DVD) 160 ms (12X) (CD) 130 ms (40X) Data buffer 2 MB Disc loading Tray (motorized) Dimensions (WxHxD) 148.6 x 41.8 x 193.3 mm Weight 1 Kg Mounting method Horizontal As you can see this baby can read and write on almost anything and it really does all that. For now I've already tested it with CD-R (Silvercircle), DVD-R (Princo), DVD-RW (Philips) and DVD+R (generic). It takes it about fifteen minutes to fill a blank DVD-R, lead-in and lead-out included. ---Warning However one thing you need to do to avoid all problems is flashing it with the latest firmware. (Firmware is a sort of hardware driver that resides on the burner in a flashable memory chip.) This may sound intimidating but it's really not that hard to do. How to proceed for this is very well explained here : http://www.btceurope.nl/english/3-1-4driver_download_dvd_dual.htm This is normally also indicated on the own EMPREX homepage, but since it seems to be unavailable now.. ---Included soft- and hardware My DVDburner came with Ahead Nero in its version 5.5.10, which in the meantime I upgraded
      to version 6.0.0.29. Another nice addition is that the Emprex burner (and not the BTC version) is sold with both the classic beige and a neat BLACK frontplate, so you can choose the one which blends in best with your PC. The frontplate on the burner is easily changed, first remove the tray frontplate and then the big frontplate. Also included are a sound cable, screws, an IDE cable, Nero Burning and a blank DVD+RW disc. I did see on a US-forum that some models are sold with Roxio version 6 instead of Nero. ---Conclusion I am pleased with my purchase but with the 8x DVD-/+R models already out I do feel a should have waited just a tad longer to either get this Emprex 4x DVD-/+R device for even less dinero or the faster 8X model for the same price. The newer 8X DVDwrite models give you a full DVD in about 8 minutes ! My choice was based on three criteria : the resale price, the fact that an additional black frontplate came with it and finally because it also had good speeds for CD(re)writing. But all in all my gamble paid off well as I am quite pleased with the result and feel I am ready to tackle any silvery disc that is tossed in my direction. Cheers, Vik

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