Back on January 17th of this year, we examined Yamaha's CRW2100E ATAPI burner. Yamaha's offering was the first 16X writer to reach retail channels. While its 16X write speeds were indeed faster than the best 12X burners, there were a number of issues with the drive that kept us from recommending it over burners like Plextor's PX-W1210TA. Since then, TEAC's CD-W512E, another 12/10/32 burner, has edged out Plextor's outstanding drive for the top spot on our Leaderboard, leaving Yamaha's next-generation offering lagging behind its predecessors.
Recently, Yamaha followed up the CRW2100E with an identically spec'd SCSI model. The CRW2100S follows in the footsteps of its ATAPI brother, becoming the first 16 X SCSI burner to reach store shelves. Does it improve upon the CRW2100E's performance? Have issues that plagued the ATAPI model been resolved? Let's find out.