4x DVD+R/RW Roundup -
the CD recording era to be in its set, most of the manufacturers had to make
their own decisions and follow the market demand. And the demand is the fast
and reliable DVD recording.
The situation is not different here. Again the alternatives for chipset and
optical pickup mechanisms are limited, at least for the beginning. Additionally,
when it comes to choosing a single DVD format among the DVD plus R/RW and DVD
dash R/RW and not a multi-format format set, the available solutions come solely
from a limited sources. As a result, the first DVD+R/RW drives share the same
mechanism and any slight variations in their performance should be expected
only in specific firmware modifications.
Mitsumi demonstrated its first DVD+R/RW recorder at CeBIT 2003. According
to the company, including the drive to the Mitsumi's booth was a last minute
decision. The Mitsumi DW-7801 TE we have in our hands support 4x DVD+R writing
and was manufactured in March 2003.
Plextor also demonstrated the new PX-504A
in CeBIT. It offers the same specifications as the Mitsumi drive does, and
the model we have in our labs was manufactured
on February 2003.
- Mitsumi DW-7801TE DVD+R/RW recorder
The specifications of the Mitsumi DW-7801TE are illustrated in the following
table. The information is official and come from the Mitsumi website:
Mitsumi DW-7801TE supports DVD+R and writing at 4x CLV. For the DVD+RW format,
the supported writing speed is the 2.4x CLV. The maximum reading speed for
DVD-ROM and DVD Video is 12x CAV for single layer and 7x
CAV for dual layer
As for the CD-R media, you can select among the 4x, 8x and 16x CLV writing
speeds, and 4x, 8x and 10x CLV writing for CD-RW format. The CD-ROM/-R/-RW
reading speed is 40x CAV.
The drive is equipped with a 2MB of buffer, and technology to protect the “buffer
underrun errors” during the writing process.
The supported RPCII region control allows the user to change the region code
The drive offers the following writing modes: TAO, packet writing, SAO, multisession
and according to Nero InfoTool, DAO RAW 96. Of course, it supports DVD+R and
DVD+RW for the DVD.
The supported disc formats are: 4.7GB DVD+R/RW, DVD-ROM (single layer/dual
layer), DVD Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA Mode 2, Photo CD, CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD
Video and CD-R/RW.
- The package
retail package includes one 4.7GB 4x DVD+R disc for data/video by Ricoh, one
4.7GB 2.4x DVD+RW disc by Ricoh, a multilingual quick start manual and a manual
and application software CD-ROM.
This includes the “WinDVD Creator Plus” software that offers increased
recording and editing functionality for DVD+R/RW in a simple and easy to use
“WinDVD™ 4” is also attached, allowing playback of all DVD
and CD formats. The basic CD/DVD recording software is the “Nero Burning
Rom v5” and InCD v220.127.116.11 for random access rewrite for CD/DVD .
In addition, the CD-ROM includes some arcade games for your spare time and
MP3 JukeBox software, among with manuals for many Mitsumi products.
Last, in the retail package you can find the usual internal audio cable, an
IDE cable and mounting screws.
On the disc loading tray you can see "DVD+RW" and the "HSRW" logos.
The eject button is placed below the tray, on the right side of the front panel,
as usual. The indication LED is active when a disc is loaded or the drive performs
a read/write task. The drive has also a headphone plug and a volume control
button, for audio CDs.
On the rear panel there are the usual connectors, such as the power input,
the ATAPI interface, the device configuration jumper, and the analog audio
output. Notice that the case was built to accept a ventilation fan but this
is not included in the Mitsumi model.
After removing the screws on the bottom we can see the drive's internal
design. You can easily recognize that the both mainboard and chips of the drive
are manufactured by NEC.
Mitsumi was identified as "MITSUMI DW-7801TE" under WinXP. The
drive was installed to the secondary IDE channel of our test PC as a "Master” and
worked in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode. The model came with firmware version
v1.01 installed, which was used for all the tests: