For quite some time now, AOpen has been a premier manufacturer of motherboards and various computer accessories. In fact, a glance at their Products page shows enough variety to build an entire system! In this review, we'll focus on one of their latest burners, the CRW1232A. Based on Ricoh's 7125A, this drive features 12X writes, 10X rewrites and 32X reads, along with JustLink buffer underrun prevention technology.
JustLink is Ricoh's answer to Sanyo's BURN-Proof invention. While not as popular as BURN-Proof, JustLink sports a better spec; namely, a 2-micrometer gap versus the 40-micrometer gap created by the original BURN-Proof. The latest version of BURN-Proof purports to lower this gap size to 2-5 micrometers. Regardless, reports indicate that any gap size less than 100 micrometers has no effect on the quality of burned data. The key, however, is software support. If your CD burning software does not support these technologies, you may still have issues with buffer underruns should the drive's cache run dry. This is likely why AOpen bundles Ahead Software's Nero 5.0 with their drive - it features strong JustLink support.
Let's take a moment to examine the specifications.