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Iomega Predator in the test: external USB 2.0 burner

Iomega Predator in the test: external USB 2.0 burner

Preface

After a few weeks ago we put the Yamaha CRW3200E and Asus CRW-3212A burners under the microscope and put them through their paces this time the external Iomega Predator burner found its way into our test series. This finds its place on the USB bus, whereby it only reaches its full speed of 24/10/40 on the USB 2.0 bus. Otherwise, the burner works at speeds of 4/4/6 that are no longer up to date. To what extent the Iomega Predator CD-RW can hold its own against the Asus and Yamaha models that have already been tested, we want to examine in the following test.

Scope of delivery

The Iomega Predator burner can with a very well designed and handy packaging. In addition to the actual external burner, which (of course subjectively) looks ingenious and is a real eye-catcher, the customer receives the necessary cables such as USB data and a sound cable, as with Asus and Yamaha. In this case, there is also the external power supply unit, because the burner is not or cannot be supplied with power via USB.

Predator close
Accessories
USB data cable
Predator from above

A CD-R or CD One looks in vain for RW blank, which of course makes the Predator look very old compared to the CDs supplied by Yamaha and especially by Asus. On the software side, however, Iomega is in no way inferior to the competition, because the company's own HotBurn software was included in order to be able to start burning straight away. The CD also includes Adope MusicMatch Jukebox, which helps you manage your CD collection. You can also use it to create your own songs. If someone does not like HotBrun, the current Nero version can be used, which now recognizes the burner from version 5.5.7.8 without any problems. Older versions, on the other hand, couldn't do anything with the Predator. What you also look for in vain in the scope of delivery is a real manual like with Yamaha and Asus. A 'user manual' can be found on the supplied CD. But if you think that you will be informed in detail about the burner and its technologies, you are wrong. The user only receives information about the legal regulations, about his guarantee and service hotlines in the respective region, should problems arise. For a detailed manual, the customer must go to the Iomega homepage and get the manuals that are downloadable for everyone. However, these could certainly have been put on the CD without much effort. When installing the burner, a CD-sized Quick Installation Guide, which is written in six languages ​​and has a very good background with images, makes it easy to use when connecting theProduct should not cause any problems. Since the burner can only develop its full power with USB 2.0, there is an extra edition for older computers that includes a USB 2.0 card from Adaptec, which is of course cheaper than buying it individually.

Scope of delivery
Scope of delivery

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