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Teac CD-W516EB - Conclusion

  June 25, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  

Conclusion

The Teac CD-W516EB is one of the most impressive CD-RWs we've tested. Its strengths include:

  • Fastest read speeds of any tested burner
  • Extremely quiet operation.
  • Intelligent use of Zone CAV provides 95% of the DAE performance of a 40X CAV extractor with reduced RPMs on the outer portion of the disc.
  • More thorough OPC check provides theoretically better burn quality.
  • Fastest packet-writing performance we've tested.
  • Very competitive pricing.

On the downside:

  • Small buffer may mean more BURN-Proof activations with certain CD burning software packages.
  • Slightly slower write times compared to the competition due to the triple OPC check.
  • Dual LEDs are not labeled.

The StorageReview.com Safe Buy Award



Simply put, this designation means we'd purchase this product without regret. Sure, there may be a slightly better, slightly faster, and/or slightly less-expensive model from a competitor, but you can't go wrong with this particular unit. This award is applicable, of course, to all units at the top of their class, but also applies to units that, though not quite best-of-class, provide a strong showing nonetheless. Overall, Teac's CD-W516EB is impressive enough to dethrone the Plextor on the SR Leaderboard. Its outstanding read speeds and near-silent operation more than make up for the small sacrifices in write performance that multiple OPC checks impart.


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