~ Personal Opinion ~
As I tend to have a lot of information on my computer especially for work purposes I require constant backing up of my information so nothing will be lost if suddenly my hard disk wares out. This isn't the fastest internal DVD drive burner out there but I did buy it a while ago now and I do think I may need to upgrade from this drive.
I have played lots of CDs and DVDs through this drive without any problems and the reading time is pretty quick although the DVD speed is slower. You can also easily label CDs after burning with this drive with ease hence the labelflash logo on the drive.
I have a black case for my desktop PC so inserted a black coloured drive was not a problem and fitted in quite nicely. Installing the drive may require some knowledge of computers and knowing what cables to insert into the back of the drive and what jumpers are needed depending on how many optical drives you have in your PC.
If you don't know get someone who does know to ensure you get the maximum performance out of your drive. A very reliable dinosaur which never lets you down. If you prefer to get a different colour I am sure they do another colour to match your PC box.
The speeds are all quite old and the amount of data being burned is a lot higher on newer drives e.g. Blu-Ray burner. As an IT professional I would not recommend this now as it a bit old.
~ Product Information ~
Read Speed DVD: 16x max. CD: 48x max
Write Speed DVD-R: 24x max. DVD+R: 24x max.
DVD-RW: 6x max. DVD+RW: 8x max.
DVD-R DL: 12x max. DVD+R9: 12x max.
DVD-RAM: 12x max.
CD-R: 48x max. CD-RW: 32x max
Access time DVD: 160 ms CD: 140 ms
Mechanism Motorized tray load mechanism for horizontal and vertical use
Burst transfer rate 150 MByte/s
Cache 2 MByte
Media supported DVD-ROM, DVD-R (DL), DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R9, DVD+RW, CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW with 80mm and 120mm diameter
Modes supported DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I Ready, CD-Bridge, Photo CD, VideoCD, CD-DA, CD Extra, CD Text
Writing methods DAO, SAO, TAO with zero gap, variable or fixed packet, multisession
Compatibility MultiRead, PC2001, Microsoft® Windows 7
Weight 0.64 kg (Drive only)
Dimensions 148 mm x 42 mm x 170 mm
Special features Dust protected enclosure, buffer under run error prevention,
LabelflashTM Direct Disc Labeling
~ System Requirements ~
Pentium® III 1.0 GHz or faster (or equivalent) - Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz or faster (or equivalent) CPU is recommended, 256MB RAM or more (512MB RAM or more is recommended), 1GB of hard disk space (10GB for DVD mastering) and available SATA port. Windows® 7, Windows® Vista, Windows XP operating systems.
~ Price & shop ~
I originally bought my drive from a place called Micro Direct which is a company in the North West and they do have their own website if you Google it. They are excellent for getting computer parts cheap and good reliable parts too. I bought the drive for £57 a few years ago but i assume that it will be even cheaper to buy now online. I checked Amazon and it is selling for around £18.
~ Conclusion ~
After owning this drive for a few years now I would recommend buying the drive if you are looking for a low spec model which will just read CDs and DVDs and burn the odd CD but if your looking to do a lot more work with the drive I would get a better model with better read and write speeds or maybe even look at getting a Blu-Ray drive.
One of the best features of this type of drive is that it will run on many older computers as it requires lower computer specifications to work and operate perfectly.
~ Ratings ~
User friendly: 4/5
Performance: 1/5 (only because todays drives are more powerful)
Ease of use burning CDs/DVDs: 3/5