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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.

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