The Hewlett Packard CD Writer Plus 8210e, to give it it's full name, may not be the first choice of every technical revhead. It is bigger and bulkier than the Iomega or Amacom external drive. Then again the HP drive is also sturdier. It only reads at 6x speed, but then again you aren't buying it to replace your internal CD Rom drive, are you? It writes and rewrites at 4x, but in order to successfully write at a faster speed than that on a faster drive, you may need to find some good discs. Anyway is writing a disc in 20 minutes (4x) really such a problem? Why not buy an internal CD RW drive? Well, do you really fancy taking the top off your computer and fiddling around inside? It isn't difficult to do, but it is easier to plug this beast into the USB of your PC. The software is a breeze to install and I have to say that the included software (Adaptec/Roxio Easy CD suite) is a lot more solid and easier to use than the stuff you get shipped with other drives. The software I got with my drive, which was about a year ago, was version 3.5 and I couldn't get it to work with 80 minute/700MB discs. I upgraded to Easy CD 4 and that works fine. That might only be a small stubbling block, but whether this drive or the newer version (8230e) come with the newer version of the software, I am unsure. Basically the hardware is great, even if it is a little bulky now and the software is easy to use, but you may need to upgrade if you want to get the full capacity out of the new 700Mb media. I still say it is a worthy bit of kit to spend your money on.
Apart from being on the 3rd replacement of this drive I am quite pleased with the HP –CD-RW 8200 series that I have. I am on the 3rd replacement due to software problems as highlighted in my opinion in--soon ‘’’Home > Computers > Software > CD/DVD Recorder Software > Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.0’’’ The drive that I have is very good at doing what it is supposed to do---and if you ever have any problems with doing certain things with your CD’s it most probably the software your using not the hardware. The major minus point that I have found to be with HP CD-Drives is that they do not support 80min CD’s-by this I don’t mean that they don’t make their own 80min CD’s but that their drives do not recognise 80min CD’s which I am very annoyed about. You would have thought that the market leader in the CD-RW drives section being HP in my eyes would have done some research into this and actually worked on their drives to come up with a solution. I found this out when iobutht some 80min CD’s but the drive only recognises them as 74min ones which is not very good when I am trying to copy CD’s that are 78min etc etc
This piece of device is simply excellent. It enables you to transfer all your datas from the hard disk into CD-R or CD-RW for further use elsewhere. Apart from that, you could also store your favourite MP3 which you have downloaded from the internet into CDs. Another thing that you can do is to make your favourite audio CD. Then you can play it using your standard hi-fi at home or discman. I use this product to store my huge datas into CD for further use. This will then free up my harddisk for more data storage. Writing time is average, you have to wait like around 30 minutes for a CD to be written. But once it is written into CD, the quality is almost the same as the original ones. The audio CD which I have written sounds almost the same as the original ones, in fact I can't hardly differentiate between them. I rate this CD writer as the best and the performance is excellent.
This CD Writer is great to back up your files or even use it to clear up extra space on your computer. What makes this CD-Writer better than the average writer is that it uses USB. This means that you can plug the writer straight into your computer without even the need to turn off the computer. Also being USB the transfer rate is much better than serial or parallel. Also the fact that it is made by Hewlett Packard means that you know it is of a good quality. I did experience a couple problems but these seem to have disappeared. What happened was that a plugged in the CD Writer into the USB and then it seemed to crash my computer.
The HPRW 8210e was the obvious choice for us when looking for a CDRW. It is re-writable which means that it can be used as an extra hard drive if you want and back-ups can be work in progress as well as final back-ups. The main difference between this and other re-writers is the fact that it is external and it connects to the USB port meaning that it can be left plugged in without you having to remove the printer. It does require it’s own power supply which is a disappointment because I thought USB shared the computer’s power. The software is quite user friendly but can cause conflicts with itself, with different parts of the software claiming that another part is using it. Apart from that it works great. A good buy and my research showed Jungle cheapest, although I did have problems with Jungle.
For a long time I was quite happy with this CD-writer. It did the job. OK you have to wait quite a while for it to do the job, but that didn't seem so important. It's not like I'm EMI or anything, and I can usually find something else to do if I'm writing a lengthy CD. And since digital information is either right or wrong, quality was not an issue as it is with tape recorders. I thought, so long as it eventually gets there then my CD is as good as one written on any other machine, so I might as well spare myself some cash. Which is all very well, and my CDs have been fine. But then I started having problems with it. It stopped seeing CDs at all. Or it would sit there, supposedly writing a file, but actually just making a loud grinding noise. And I'd find my computer was locked up because it thought my CD-writer was doing something. The latest problem is that it won't write to my re-writable CD. It can see it, and read it, and claims the disc is still writable, but if I try to write anything I get some very rude messages. I would steer clear of this one, unless you are on a tight budget.