Pros: FAST Burning Time, Easy to install, Easy to use, Includes lots of extras!
Cons: Audio extraction time for MP3 Ripping is much lower than 40x.
The TDK veloCD 241040 is the fastest cd burner I've ever used. It takes just 4 minutes to burn an entire 80 minute CD.
What's in the box?
-How to install VHS video!
-Quick Start Guide
-TDK CD Labeling Pen
-2 TDK Certified Plus 24x CDR's
-1 TDK 10x CDRw
-TDK CDR/Rw Product Pamphlet
-TDK CD Blender Recording Software Suite CD
How was the install?
The install is super easy! Just watch the VHS video and you'll know how to do it.
What is the included software bundle?
The software CD includes the following programs
-Ahead Nero Burning ROM 5.5
-TDK Digital MixMaster
-InCD Packet Writing Software (for CDRw's)
-Instruction manuals (in Adobe Acrobat Reader format)
-Digital MixMaster "How To" Video
-Adobe Acrobat Reader
-Bonus MP3 tracks
How is the performance?
This CDRw drive is FAST. Burn a CD in 4 minutes. The drive uses advanced BurnProof technology which prevents those hated Buffer Underrun errors. So if you have a slow hard drive, do not worry, this cd recorder will pick up where it left off if the buffer emptys completely. Does it work? Yes, and very well. However the Rip performance of the drive doesn't even come close to the rated 40x spec. When ripping an MP3 with Real Jukebox, the drive cruses along at 10x-20x rip speed. With error correction enabled it cruses at 5x-15x.
How's the software?
TDK included NeroBurning ROM 5.5 as the CD Burner application. This program will burn everything although not MP3 encoded cd's. UPDATE: The free upgrade from www.nero.com includes the new Nero Express application which will allow the burning of MP3 CD's. These programs work very well and are eaisly understood. The TDK MixMaster is something I don't use because of my preference to use Windows Media Player or Real Jukebox. The MixMaster software will only rip music into WAV files, not MP3's. InCD is software that lets you drag and drop files onto your CDRw disc through the Windows interface. This program works well too.
What are the drive's specs and system requirements?
CD-DA, CDROM Mode 1, CDROM XA (form 1 or 2), CDROM Mixed Mode, Photo CD, Video CD, Super Video CD, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD TEXT.
-Reads 12cm and 8cm diameter discs
Track-at-once, Disc-at-once, Session-at-once, Multisession, Fixed and Variable Packet Writing
24x, 16x, 12x, 8x, 4x, 1x
CDRw- 4x, 2x, HighSpeed 4x-10x
24x Performance Specs
Burst Read- 16.6 MB/Sec
Average Random Access- 130 ms, 40x CAV
Spindle Motor- Brushless
Headphone Volume Control
2 LEDs- Read/Write
TDK's Web Site- www.tdk.com
VeloCD Site- www.velocd.tdk.com