ASUS DRW-0402P/D: ASUS joins the dual format frayby Kristopher Kubicki on September 21, 2003 6:13 PM EST
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When dealing with computers, an entire industry can change in less than a year. It was just less than a year ago that virtually all DVDR drives were only capable of writing to one format at 1X and 2X speeds. Nine months after the 4X DVD-/+R standards were finalized, we started seeing some 8X DVD-R drive sampling from Plextor. Companies like Sony, NEC, ASUS, Pioneer Mitsumi, BTC, and Gigabyte all debuted multiple format drives as well; not to mention that each drive costing half as much as they did 18 months ago. It would seem that the DVDR product wars are starting to show some actual progress for the consumer.
Most importantly, the so called “format wars” that were to destroy the market failed to manifest themselves. A year ago, manufacturers were pretty split on which format was going to control the DVDR market. However, with as many dual format drives in the market today, it’s almost easy to dismiss either format from becoming “standard.” In all honesty, it is probably cheaper for manufacturers to just pay both royalty fees to the DVDR forums rather than produce two separate drives.
Enter ASUS. ASUS has been a fairly large player in the optical market in the past, but just stepped into the DVDR market with a single format DRW-0402P (DVD-R). The drive itself received mixed product reviews, mostly due to competitive drives supporting multiple formats. Without further delay, let us take a look at ASUS’ second DVDR product, the multi-format DRW-0402PP/D.