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Three 40x CD burners in the test: Traxdata, LG and Waitec in comparison

Three 40x CD burners in the test: Traxdata, LG and Waitec in comparison

Foreword

The evolution in the field of burners is now slowly coming to an end, because with Burning speeds that are as high as the reading speeds of normal CD drives seem to have exhausted what is currently technically feasible or economically feasible, so that no major changes in the product range are to be expected in the future. Although the first 48x burners were announced at CeBIT 2002 and are now gradually coming onto the market, these devices do not guarantee any real practical use. Unfortunately, we also had to find out that there are currently hardly any blanks that do not fall by the wayside at such high speeds. And although we originally wanted to send two 48x and three 40x recorders to the test, we had to do without the crown of disk recorders for the time being. The Asus CRW-4816A48/16/48 and the Traxdata CD-RW CDR-5W48 48/12/48 burner we will add the appropriate media as soon as possible. So for the moment we present you three 40/12/48 burners from Traxdate, Waitec and LG.

The CDRW 401248 tx

Scope of delivery

With the CDRW 401248 tx, the buyer receives, in addition to the actual burner, an IDE and sound cable and a pack of four screws to properly fasten the burner in the housing. The Ahead Nero Burning Rom version 5.5.8.0 burning software, as well as the Nero Media Player and the InCD software, with which the Mount Rainier function of the burner can be used, are also included. In order to be able to start burning immediately, all that is missing is a CD-R or CD-RW blank, which you will unfortunately look for in vain, so that you have to take care of suitable blanks for the very high burning speed yourself.

Of course, installation instructions are not missing; A full manual is only available in the form of an Acrobat Reader file on the supplied CD.

Packaging CDRW 401248 tx
Scope of delivery CDRW 401248 tx

Manual

The installation instructions are only written in German and are certainly specially designed for the German market. This accompanies the buyer from checking the contents of the packaging, the hardware and software installation to the operation of the drive and, with plenty of suitable images, ensures that there are no complications during commissioning. On the CD there is also a 14-page PDF with FAQ and troubleshooting waiting to be viewed.

Technology

By and large, Traxdata relies on tried and tested technology that is also used by the competition. The 40X/12X/48X burner from Traxdata is connected to the computer's IDE bus.

When writing to a CD, the CDRW 401248 tx uses the Partial Constant Angular Velovity (P-CAV) method. This means that writing is started on the inner tracks at about 19 times the speed and then the speed, while the write head moves outwards, increases linearly to a full 40 times and when this is reached, it is then constant on the outer tracks holds. From about 38 minutes on a CD, the burner reaches 32x and from 69 minutes a full 40x, which then leads to an average speed of 31-32X.

Writing simulation CDRW 401248 tx

In addition, with CDRW 401248 tx or at Traxdata the so-called Smart-Burn technology. Unfortunately, the term does not appear in the manual and is therefore not explained in more detail. However, it can be assumed that this is a protection against buffer underruns so that CDs are not burned. If the data flow to the burner should break off, the burning process is interrupted for a short time and, after the buffer is filled again, continued at the same point. If you did not use this protection, you would have 2MB at this high level after a data stream was interrupted in the intermediate memory (buffer) integrated in the burnerBurning speed (40X = 6MB/s) after a third of a second a burned CD.

With 'Smart Burn' is In addition, a technology is integrated that determines the maximum burner speed for the inserted CD before writing, so that the medium is not overused and you won't find any garbage on the CD afterwards.

Even if it is, except on the packaging , not further documented and the setup steps are not explained further, you can use a blank CD-RW disc using the supported and relatively new Mount Rainier writing method like a hard drive or floppy disk. In the Explorer, a simple 'drag and drop' is sufficient, and the desired data is stored on the inserted CD.

Rear view CDRW 401248 tx
Front view CDRW 401248 tx

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