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TEAC CD-W512E - Conclusion

  January 28, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  


In read tests, the TEAC CD-W512E turns in some of the best scores we've measured for a burner. Although Ricoh's MP9120A is a hair faster overall, it's also significantly louder. The TEAC manages speedy CD reads in spite of its nearly silent operation, making it one of the only burners we'd consider as a main CD reader. In addition, the CD-W512E offers excellent DAE speed and quality-a small notch slower than the competition, but rock solid, even with severely scratched CD-DAs.

As a writer, the CD-W512E shines with performance equal to or better than the fastest 12X burners. Only Yamaha's 16X drive is faster in our tests. As a rewriter, the TEAC is unparalleled, while in packet-writing tests it offers performance approaching the best we've measured.

The 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. The only fault we find with this drive is the lack of BURN-Proof technology (we'd love to test the CD-W512EB, TEAC's BURN-Proof version ). However, given the lower price and outstanding overall performance of this drive, we feel it offers a bit more bang for the buck than our now former Leaderboard champ, Plextor's 12/10/32A.

For those who do not need or desire BURN-Proof or JustLink technologies, TEAC's CD-W512E offers the best combination of performance and value we've seen to date.


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