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The package comes with
the drive itself, IDE cable, audio cable, mounting screws, quick setup
guide and Nero Burning Rom software. I am actually glad they
chose Nero over EZ CD Creator. I find it more usable compared to EZ CD.
The drive uses Just Link technology to
prevent buffer under-runs. It stops the burn process when a
buffer under run occurs (this usually happens when data is not fed
fast enough to the burner), waits for the buffer to fill up again
and continues to burn the cd afterwards. All this to prevent you
from burning a coaster.
The Just Speed feature lets the burner
burn at the max speed of the burner, without regards to the actual
speed of the media. This can all be turned off or on, and its fully
supported within Nero.
Here lies a problem with the drive.
To cut to the chase, this feature does not work on this model.
Even with an upgrade to the R702 firmware, Nero will not allow the
drive to burn at speeds rated over what the media has stated.
This means, if your media says 24X max, then that's the speed this
drive will burn at. Turning on and off the function in Nero
does not work. I tried Alcohol 120% which yielded the same
result. This is bad news because if you are stuck with 200 24X
CD-Rs from the recent deal at your local office supply store, you
will most likely not be able to utilize 52X burning.
But don't cry just yet, some CD-Rs when
scanned by this drive may be able to support higher speeds than what
is rated by the media. Fuji (Tayo Yuiden) 24X branded allows
up to 32X, while my Kodak Ultima 24X series will only do 24X.
Most newer varieties of media in stores will be able to fully
support 52X. Hopefully, there will be a new firmware upgrade
that will eventually fix this issue.
A new feature incorporated into this
drive is Mt. Rainier format. Simply put, this was created by
Philips to allow incorporation into different OS and hardware
manufacturers to allow drag and drop usage with your drive.
Much like how a floppy disk operates, the CD-RW can be used as well
in the same 'Send-To' fashion normally seen in Windows. Nero
supports this format with their InCD program. The benefit of
doing this is that the CD-RW you are working with on one machine can
be moved to another and be used immediately.