Slimline CD-RW - Page 1
is familiar to the most of the users as a company which offers easy computing
solutions and stylish portable products. A wide product line including portable
CD-ROM, CD-RW drives and MP3 players, are available by Freecom. We have already
tested the Traveller II series and this time we have the chance to evaluate
the Freecom FS-1 CD-RW drive. The well designed slimline drive supports USB
1.1 / 2.0 interfaces making it swappable for maximum flexibility.
drive supports 16x writing (Z-CLV) max speed. All the supported writing speeds
are 4x, 12x, 16x and re-writing speeds 4x and 10x (CLV). The reading speeds
of Freecom FS-1 is 24x.
The drive also includes 1280MB of buffer and buffer underrun protection. The
supported writing modes are TAO, SAO, DAO, and Multisession.
Freecom FS-1 can be connected to USB1.1/2.0 interfaces. Notice that when the
drive is connected to USB1.1 interface, the maximum supported speed is limited
In order to achieve the 16x writing speed Freecom has chosen the Z-CLV writing
technology. When a recorder uses the Zone CLV recording method, the CD is divided
into 3 zones from the inner to the outer side of the CD, and within each these
zones the recording speed varies but it's always constant (CLV). The recording
process starts from the beginning of the disc in a constant speed in the first
zone. After a pre-defined time (when the next zone starts) the recording speed
automatically elevates to a higher speed. At the speed switching point, the
anti-buffer underrun technology is used to assure the transition with no data
loss or corruption.
Freecom starts writing at 10x from the lead-in area for 4 minutes, shifts
up to 12x at 8mins, shifts up to 16x and continues to write until the end of
the disc at that speed.
tested drive was the retail European package and included: the drive, 1 piece
(24x certified) of Freecom 80min CD-R blank, a manual / recording software CD-ROM,
and Liquid audio Player v.18.104.22.168. In the box you will also find a USB cable
and the power adapter. The attached software is Roxio Easy CD Creator and DirectCD
v5.1.b for packet writing use.
The drive is very slim and the exact dimensions are 1.7 x 14.6 x 14.4 (H x
L x W). On the top you can see the "Freecom" logo. The front of the
drive includes the "High-Speed RW" the operation led and the eject
In the backside of the drive we will find the power and the USB connectors.
Freecom FS-1 was connected to our test PC through USB 2.0 interface, and was
identified from WinXP as "TEAC CD-W216E". The installed firmware
was 1.0A. Freecom offers a 2-year online warranty.