MicroSolutions Backpack 4x DVD±RW DVD Writer

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MicroSolutions Backpack 4x DVD±RW

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$200 9.2/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Agptek 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-R (TAIYOYUDEN..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 8xDVD-R (MJC ME......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Been in use for 1 yr now, never installed packaged software, upgraded driver and firmware whenever available from manufacturer's website. Using for DVD movie backup only, have burned over 400 -R discs on TDK, Ritek, Prodisc, TY and 1 Fuji +RW using various programs (w/ XP), such as DVD X Copy, Nero Ultra, DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink. Have made very few coasters and have narrowed them down to defective batches, Taiyo Yuden being the most reliable thus far. Could obviously use some more speed, but I knew what I was getting into when I purchased it. Well, not exactly, did not know at the time it had a NEC drive in it, no wonder it's still going strong. I'm keeping it until a DL -R writer comes out, seems like too many compatability issues with the DL +R media on stand alone's.

Comments posted by HatchetMan from United States, November 02, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

This writer is great. got it at office max for $200. made about 10 copies of my movies and no problems. I used dvd decrypter, dvd shrink, and nero 6 ultra. Setup was as easy as it gets. Just plugged it into my laptop and was buring right away. No need to use any software they send with it. Xp reconized with right away. awesome burner

Comments posted by dan from United States, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I can't write cd-r/rw on my backpack. What is problem?

Comments posted by Eugene from United States, February 04, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Works great. Had problem burning with instant copy, but after closing roxio 6.0 drag-to-disc worked perfect.

Comments posted by Sam from Other, January 08, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Just got this a few days ago. Installation was easy and problem free on my 2 year old Compaq Presario desktop AMD Athlon XP 1.53Ghz with USB 2.0 . For now, have just used with DVD X-Copy Xpress and copied 3 dvd`s (matrix2, tombraider2, starwars ep2) onto dvd-r (maxell dvd-r :up to 4x) and all came in at an average of about 45 minutes read + write. Was able to play them on a PS2, a Pioneer DVR-310 and a year and a half old Panasonic dvd player. Utilizes -R(2X or 4X), +R(2.4X or 4X), -RW(2x) and +RW(2.4x) blank dvd`s. Unrated (no speed designation) or 1X discs are not recommended.

Comments posted by ssprinter from Other, January 01, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Just got it 3 hours ago. WinXP blue screen when connecting the device. So far it is crap.

Comments posted by Dom from Other, December 20, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

I have this item and it works very well.Only drawback is their web support page.Don't even list this and they don't take emails.I only pais like 225 for it.

Comments posted by Gerard Wurtenberg from Other, October 17, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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Write support / Read support
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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