Ricoh MP5240A Vs AOpen DRW4410 - Page 2
Taiwanese manufacturer has expanded its product line to motherboards,
graphic cards, sound cards and other PC peripherals. In the optical storage
part, the company is currently focused in the DVD recorders and its plans include
the production of very fast DVD writers in the following year. The latest proposal
for fast DVD writing on DVD+R/+RW is the AOpen DRW4410. Based on Ricoh MP5240A,
the drive enters the market at an aggressive price combined with high performance.
- AOpen DRW4410 features
DRW4410 features the Just Link technology developed
by Ricoh, to
prevent buffer under-run errors on CD/DVD by predicting them before they happen.
The supported OPC system (Optimum Power Control) continually monitors signal
levels during recording and
adjusts laser power to compensate for a dirty disc. This feature ensures a
significantly enhancing reliability.
Aopen DRW 4410 can read CD data at 40x speed,
write data at
24x speed , re-write data at 10x speed
(High Speed CD-RW), and write data at 4x speed on DVD+RW/+R.
Nero Info Tool reports that the drive supports the RAO DAO 96 writing mode,
retrieves C2 error information and has a 2MB cache. In addition, the drive
support random UDF write in DVD+RW and CD-R/RW media. As in case of Ricoh
MP5240, the AOpen drive does not support the Mount Rainier format.
- European retail package
the European retail package you can find the AOpen DRW4410 drive, an AOpen
DVD+RW (Ricoh JPN-W01-01), one 4x DVD+R, 1 CD-RW 80min 4x-12x, and one 700MB
CD-R 52x (Ritek 97m15s17f).
The bundled software is available on a DVD-ROM. It includes
VideoStudio7 and NeoDVD v4.5 standard for DVD/VCD authoring, PowerDVD XP for
DVD video playback, Nero Burning
Rom for data/audio pre-mastering and Ahead InCD for packet writing.
In the same DVD-ROM there is a detailed instruction manual.
On the front panel of the drive the user can see the CD-RW and DVD+RW logos
the AOpen logo and the just link logo. The eject button is on the right side
of the tray next to the emergency eject hole while the orange color busy led
indicator is set almost at the middle of the front tray.
On the rear panel there are the usual analog and digital outputs, the IDE
connectors, the device jumper configuration pins and the power input.
Comparing the mainboard and main chipset of AOpen DRW4410 with those illustrated
in the previous page (Ricoh MP5240) is unavoidable. Both drives share the same
The AOpen drive was connected to the IDE 1 port of our test
PC as a "Master", and
worked under Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode.
The drive was identified as "AOpen DRW4410" under
Win XP. The July 2003 model had the firmware v1.11 installed.