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Smart and Friendly’s CD Rocket Mach 12 Review

With its screaming 12X performance, a full set of features, and a complete bundle of software, if you’re looking to get the latest and greatest CD-R/RW drive, the Smart and Friendly CD Rocket Mach 12 has to be it.

Primera Signature III Color Printer Review

Primera Technology’s Signature III now offers the best combination of ease of use and overall value for any CD label printer in its price range and will surely find itself in demand by enthusiast and professional users alike.

CD Cyclone T-8 Interactive CD Production Tower Review

CD Cyclone’s T-8 Interactive CD Production Tower shows great promise, and with some additional engineering could be a significant force in the higher-end market. However, due to a few lingering instabilities, poor error handling, and an as-yet- incomplete feature set, the T-8 remains a work in progress.

Pioneer DVR-S201 4.7GB DVD-Recorder Review

True to its promise, Pioneer has delivered and brought 4.7GB DVD-R capability to market with a very credible product. Limitations aside, the DVR-S201 should quickly prove itself an indispensable tool for serious DVD-Video and DVD-ROM title developers alike. How the future will unfold for mass-market DVD-R acceptance is still to be decided.

Hoei Sangyo CDstation DSR-8880 CD Duplicator Review

Marketed in the United States as the MicroBoards Inferno, the DSR-8880 combines Hoei Sangyo’s uncompromising proprietary controller technology with a custom-designed tower enclosure to create the most polished CD duplicator on the market today.

Microtech Systems’ ImageAutomator Review

Microtech Systems’ ImageAutomator is an excellent CD duplicator that offers a lot of bang for the buck. While not as much a turnkey solution for centralized network disc creation as Rimage’s Protégé and Autostar systems, the ImageAutomator is without peer in customized corporate and commercial environments.

Plextor PlexWriter 8/20 CD Recorder Review

Impressive writing and reading performance, solid construction, wide latitude in blank media selection, and comprehensive format and subcode support propel the PlexWriter 8/20 to the head of its class for uncompromising professional users in premastering, audio, and CD production environments.

Smart and Friendly’s 8X CD Rocket Review

With earth-shattering performance light years beyond anything else currently available, the Smart and Friendly 8X CD Rocket blasts into orbit propelled by the latest and greatest in CD recording technology, Sanyo Electric’s new CRD-R800S CD recorder.

Traxdata CDR 4120 PRO 4X Write/12X Read CD Recorder Review

Traxdata has done an admirable job with the CDR 4120 PRO in offering a solid and well-rounded package that successfully balances state-of-the-art 4X recording power with ease of use for both home and business users.

Chugai Boyeki Discmatic AD1050 Review

If you are in the market for a medium-duty, autoloading CD duplicator, Chugai Boyeki’s AD1050 is well worth considering. It operates effectively and reliably and offers a full range of functions in both PC and standalone configurations.

MediaFORM’s CD-4600 CD2CD Pro CD-R Duplicator Review

A mid-range product designed for tasks such as small-run disc duplication and rudimentary disc verification, MediaFORM’s CD2CD Pro is a standalone tower that combines one 12X Plextor CD-ROM drive with one to six Yamaha or TEAC CD recorders and can be placed unobtrusively on a desk in an office or production environment.

Astarte’s Toast CD-ROM Pro 3.0 Review

Toast CD-ROM Pro 3.0 is easily the best general-purpose recording software currently available for the MacOS with enough polish, stability, and power to accomplish easily most professional, business, and hobbyist tasks.

Hewlett-Packard SureStore CD-Writer 4020i: CD-R for the Mainstream Buyer?

While by no means the last word in CD-Recordable, Hewlett-Packard’s CD-Writer 4020i is none the less a significant step forward in the evolution of CD recorders from specialized tools to everyday peripherals.

Ricoh’s RS-1060C: Would-be Spectacular Meets a Competitive Market

Although Ricoh’s RS-1060C does the job, it has a number of inadequacies, including a small buffer, double speed recording only, slow CD-ROM drive performance and a relatively high price.

The New Spressa 920: It’s a Sony

Given the Spressa’s impressive performance and the universal identification of its manufacturer’s name, many users’ first CD recorder will undoubtedly be a Sony.