Holiday Shopping Roundup: Eight Dual Format Recordable DVD Drivesby Kristopher Kubicki on December 11, 2003 10:54 PM EST
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Nu Tech DDW-081The Nu Tech DDW-081 became one of our favorite burners instantly because of the incredibly attractive price. We just finished a review on the unit back in October, and from our benchmarks, you can see that performance was quite high. Of course, the enormous selling point of this drive was the $140 price tag. Complete with bitsetting book types and stable burn speeds, we couldn't have been more pleased with our DDW-081.
Unfortunately, the DDW-081 is not capable of burning DVD-R format discs. However, since it can burn 8X DVD+R (even on most 4X media), we were able to accept the deficiency in features. Interestingly enough, Nu Tech has made numerous claims that its DDW-081 will become dual capable via a firmware upgrade available around the 15th of December. We were not able to get a beta copy of this firmware, so during its actual release, we will include additional DVD-R(W) tests to this roundup. It is interesting to anticipate how Nu Tech does this on the existing Philips Nexperia platform.
Below is a quick overview of specifications on the drive. The Nu Tech website has the specifications listed as well:
|Nu Tech DDW-081|
|CD Write Speed||40X, 32X, 24X (CAV)
16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
|CD Rewrite Speed||10X, 8X, 4X (CLV)|
|CD Read Speed||40X Max (CAV)|
|DVD+R Write Speed||8X, 4X, 2X (CLV)|
|DVD+RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2.4X (CLV)|
|DVD Read Speed||12X Max (CAV)|
|Supported Modes||DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / SAO 16 & 96
|Supported Formats||DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA,
CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
|Access Time||CD: 120ms
Obviously, the 8X DVD+R write speed is the big eye catcher for this drive. Like the champion Plextor 708A, the Nu Tech DDW-081 is able to burn 8X on most 4X media. Nu Tech has released several new firmwares for its drive, so we will be retesting all of the media with this new firmware.