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Sony DRX 710ULT Dual Layer DVD BurnerSony adds Macintosh looks, capability to new external burner
Sony Electronics has been updating its DVD burners every six to eight months. The lastest offering from the consumer electronics giant is the DRX-710UL-T, a dual layer external drive that enables you to burn up to 8.5GB of data, or four hours of MPEG-2 video on a single dual layer (DL) DVD disc.
According to Sony, the device is capable of burning DVDs at up to 16X speed with 16X DVD+R media, and up to 2.4X speed using the DVD+R DL dual layer DVD media. While the speed updates are always welcome, the story with this drive is compatibility. Sony has mixed things up a bit by addressing Macintosh users, giving Mac users the capability to burn up to 8.5GB of data on DL media.
Yes the new DRX-710UL-T from Sony offers support for the Macintosh via Roxio's Toast 6 Lite for Macintosh. Within the scope of this review, we'll burn some discs on the DRX-710UL-T.
|The DRX-710UL-T matches well with the Power Mac G5|
On a Power Mac dual G5 test system, using Verbatim's new 16X DVD+R media and connected via USB 2.0, the DRX-710UL-T burned 4.2GB of data (images, video, and audio files) in approximately 10 minutes and 34 seconds. This was achieved via Roxio's Toast 6 Lite, which ships with the DRX-710UL-T. When burning 8GB of data using Verbatim's new 8.5GB DL DVD media , the drive clocked a time of 43 minutes and 33 seconds. These numbers are about on par with Sony's internal unit, which was reviewed here last fall by DMN's Charlie White.
|Verbatim's DVD+R DL media costs around $25 in three packs.|
Sony's DRX-710UL-T is a well built DVD burner that will look right at home next to any Power Mac G5. It offers a lot of functionality for its $220 price. What makes this drive special is not only its capability to burn 8GB of data using dual layer discs, but the fact that it is an external device that also supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP platforms right out of the box, enabling you to move it from a PC to a Macintosh with ease. While external devices tend to be a bit more expensive than their internal counterparts, the fact the you can move the device to and from any computer (Mac or Windows) that supports USB 2.0 or FireWire (i.LINK), easily makes up for the extra costs. If you are a DVD author who continuously hits that 4.7GB limitation, which causes you to further cut your video projects, the DRX-710UL-T, with the right dual layer media and supporting DVD authoring application, will give you almost twice as much space in which to finish your projects. The only real drawback right now is the cost of the 8.5GB DVD DL media. Currently the prices are around $25- $30 for a three pack of discs, but expect the prices to drop as manufacturers sell more dual layer DVD recorders and media manufacturers ship more blank media. Costs aside, there really is no reason to be cutting your projects because of a 4.7GB media limitation. For more information, visit www.sony.com
Write Speed: 16X DVD +R, 4X DVD +RW, 8X DVD -R, 4X DVD -RW, 48X CD-R, 24X CD-RW and Double Layer 2.4X DVD +R
Read Speed: 48X CD-ROM/CD-R, 16X DVD -ROM
Random Access Time: 140 ms (CD-ROM), 135 ms (DVD-ROM)
Data Transfer Rate: 22.1 MB/s max. (16X DVD-ROM), CD 7.2MB/s (48X speed)
Buffer Capacity: 2MB
Interface: USB 2.0/i.LINK
Drive Type: External Combination DVD -R/-RW, DVD +RW/+R/+R DL, CD-R/RW
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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