Pros

  • Top flight specs.

Cons

  • Mediocre electronic documentation.
  • Software auto-installs Yahoo toolbar.

At A Glance

Second-fastest single-layer DVD writer tested includes the latest Nero software. However, its DVD+RW performance lagged.

Manufacturer’s Description

The DRU-830A is Sony's latest DVD Multi drive, now supporting 18x max. DVD+R recording. All DVD formats are supported and ultra fast CD burning too. Includes replacement black front bezel and award winning Nero 7 software suite. Now, one drive can record and read ALL DVD and CD formats for Windows XP/2000

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Manufacturer's Pricing

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DRU830A
Inventory Number 25314
Ports and Connections
Ports IDE
S/PDIF Output 1
Optical Drive
CD-ROM Read Speed 48.0
DVD-RAM Write Speed 12.0
DL DVD+R Write Speed 8.0
Single-Layer DVD-R Write Speed 18.0
DVD-RW Write Speed 6.0
DVD-ROM Pressed Disc Read Speed 16.0
DVD+RW Write Speed 8.0
DVD-ROM Burned Disc Read Speed 12.0
DL DVD-R Write Speed 8.0
Single-Layer DVD+R Write Speed 18.0
Included Software
Included Software Nero Express 7 Essentials

Performance

Performance
Dual-Sided Write-Once DVD Performance, for 7.9GB (seconds) 1131.7
Format Rewritable DVD (seconds) 29.48
CD-R Mastering Write Average, for 694MB (seconds) 191.61
Rewritable DVD Performance, for 3.4GB (seconds) 717.51
Single-Layer Write-Once DVD Format Tested +R
Rewritable DVD Format Tested +RW
Two-Layer Write-Once DVD Format Tested DL +R
Single-Layer Write-Once DVD Performance, for 4.35GB (seconds) 334.9