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ASUS CRW-5224A

The Good

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+ 52X CDR burn speeds  
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24X CDRW burn speeds  
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Free Nero Express
+ Price

The Bad

- CD Tray not pressure sensitive
- 2MB buffer
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Loud

Introduction

When ASUS told us about their 48X CDRW drive a few months ago we figured CDRW drives could not get much faster.  When we got a working 52X CDRW drive a few weeks ago we were a little surprised, but could the drive really be that much faster? 

Remember, the 40X USB CDRW drive we looked at last month operated on a Zone CLV burn; the device only got up to 40X for less than a minute.  Under the same logic, a ZCLV 52X CDRW would burn at 52X for an even shorter period of time. 

That in mind, we have several extensive burn tests lined up for the drive.  Even though there are several 52X CDRW drives on the market, the ASUS 5224A seems to be the most readily available drive. 

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  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - link

    Why didn't they make the CD-RW and DVD-RW writting standard like a hardrive? Why couldn't they have used HPFS, or even FAT32 instead of the sequential writting style? It probably would of been a lot quicker to read an write, and you wouldn't need some silly floppy image at the beginning of your CD to make it bootable. Reply
  • rayahari - Friday, August 06, 2010 - link

    Hey guys its a nice and fast drive.
    New one avaible on Ebay for lowwwest price - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&...
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