Product Type: Yamaha CD writers
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Yamaha CRW 2100E
Member Name: richt2000
Yamaha CRW 2100E
Date: 21/09/02, updated on 21/09/02 (200 review reads)
Advantages: Speed, Price, Reliable Burning
Disadvantages: No DVD write :(
I?ve owned the Yamaha drive for about a year now and its been faultless. I bought it because of the price and specification, not the brand. I?ve never had a Yamaha computer product before and have been pleased at the quality, reliability and speed of the component.
The drive is a 16x write, 10x re-write and 40x read CD-RW drive. Unlike some higher speed drives, it will reliably write at 16x for the majority of the burn cycle.
As the other reviewer notes, the drive is a little on the noisy side. Part of the noise comes from the mountings; if you screw the drive in well, the noise disappears. The second problem with noise comes from some brands of CD-R. I?ve found that TDK media tends to make a whirring noise in the drive. I?ve since stopped buying that brand and prefer to use Memorex which are silent.
The drive has been put to good use, backing up my data, photos and music collection. It has written tens of CD?s without any coasters. The burn proof technology works well and compared to my old 2x drive, it works very quickly. The burner supports DAO (Disc At Once) so can write whole music CD?s in one go without the annoying 2 second gap between tracks.
The tray has a nicely damped mechanism which is smooth in operation unlike some drives which clunk and crash as they open and close.
In summary, I?d recommend the drive to anyone looking for a cheap CD-RW drive.