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    AOpen COM5232 and DRW8800 Drives Review
    By Vince Freeman :  August 6, 2004

    Value

    Value is a hallmark of AOpen CD and DVD-based drives, and it's certainly true for these models. The AOpen COM5232 checks in at approximately $40 for the retail box, making it an exceptional value. DVD writeable drives have really been dropping in price, and at approximately $77, the AOpen DRW8800 is only a bit more expensive. This is a good price for an 8X DVD dual-mode writer, but the emergence of the dual-layer drives has really put the market into a stir. No matter that the dual-layer 8.5 GB DVD+R/-R disks are both expensive and scarce, this format looks to be the wave of the future.

    * Please note that retail box prices are taken at the time of review, and are not intended to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    The AOpen COM5232 and DRW8800 drives offer a great mix of performance and value, a combination that AOpen is well known for. The DRW8800 stands out as a nice buy for those who need the extra capacity of DVD writeable media, along with the high-end 8X write speeds. The only issue is its lack of dual layer DVD support. The COM5232 is another superb entry in the Combo Drive market, and with 52X CD-R and 32X CD-RW write speeds, only the most particular of enthusiasts would pass it by.

    AOpen COM5232 Ratings

    Pros:

    • Flexible DVD/CD/CDRW Support
    • Excellent Value
    • Extra Faceplates

    Cons:

    • No Bundled Media

    Ratings:





    AOpen DRW8800 Ratings

    Pros:

    • Dual Mode +/- Support
    • Good Value
    • Excellent Performance & Compatibility

    Cons:

    • No Dual Layer Support
    • No Bundled Media

    Ratings:



    Page 1 The AOpen DRW8800 DVD-R/RW +R/+RW Drive
    Page 2 The AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive
  • Page 3 Value and Conclusion

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