Specifications according to Teac:
- Maximum write speeds of 16X
- Maximum rewrite speeds of 10X
- Packet-writing speeds of 10X
- CD read speeds of 40X max
- Digital audio extraction speeds of 32X max
- 2048 KB buffer
- 80 ms average random access time
- ATAPI/ATA-33 interface
- BURN-Proof buffer underrun prevention technology
Like the CD-W512E reviewed in January, the CD-W516EB uses a portion of its buffer for internal commands. According to Nero 5.5x and CDSpeed99, this leaves 1456 KB of usable buffer.
For more information, click here to see Teac's online product page.
The retail box contents:
- The drive
- Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 Burning Software
- One blank Teac 16X 700 MB CD-R disc
- One blank Teac high-speed 74-minute CD-RW disc
- Four mounting screws
- One IDE cable
- One analog audio cable
- One user manual
Teac's generic faceplate returns along with two LEDs. The left LED activates during writes while the right LED is for reads. Both emit an easily visible green light. Quite functional, although it would have been better if the LEDs were labeled "write" and "Read" for easier identification.
The back of the drive has what looks like a digital audio out, but the drive manual defines it as "reserved for factory use only." Tests with a Sound Blaster Live! confirm that it is non-functional.
The drive arrived with firmware revision 1.0A. Teac Japan recently released revision 1.0B with the following fix:
"Eliminated the hang-up condition that occurs in very low frequency during write operation with Easy CD Creator CD Copier."
Since we no longer use Easy CD in our benchmarks, we did not retest the drive with the new firmware.
The Teac sports impressive heat and noise levels. The full-RPM hum is one of the quietest we've heard in a 40X reader. Seek noise is even more impressive... completely inaudible, a remarkable engineering feat! The drive heats up slightly during extended stress tests- nothing that warrants concern.
Current online pricing for the retail version of this drive places it as low as $160 plus shipping and tax. OEM versions come in as low as $130.
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