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Artec CHA-52 - Conclusion

  August 2, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  

Conclusion

The Artec CHA-52 performs well enough to put itself into contention for a Leaderboard spot.

In summary, its strengths include:

  • 52X transfer rates that actually exceed specifications
  • Dirt-cheap pricing
  • Consistently high read speeds with a variety of pressed media
  • Excellent copy speeds
  • Excellent DAE speeds
  • Good CD-DA playback error correction

The drive's weak areas:

  • Shallow tray makes removing discs difficult
  • Slow access times compared to the competition
  • Suspect DAE quality
  • Mediocre CD-RW read speeds
Were it not for the DAE issues, the CHA-52 would overtake leaderboard champ Afreey. Its remaining strengths make for an impressive CD-ROM drive. As it currently stands, though, we only recommend this drive to those who will not use it for audio extraction.

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