BTC DRW1008IM DVD±RW recorder -
the success of its DRW 1004IM dual recorder, BTC enters the 8x DVD+R
battle with the release of the DRW1008IM. The promising
model is capable of recording on all availiable media formats in the market,
drive can burn DVD+R/RW media at 8x and 4x respectively. It also supports 4x
for DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW. The maximum writing speed for CD-R media is 40x,
while for CD-RW it is 24x. The manufacturers specifications are given below.
||E-IDE/ATAPI , MMC compliant
|Disc data capacity
||(CD) 74min/650MB, 80min/700MB
|Supported media for writing
||DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW
||(DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW) DVD-ROM, DVD-Video(CD) CD-DA, CD-ROM,
CD-ROM XA, CD-Extra, CD-I, Mixed-Mode CD, Video CD, Photo CD, CD-TEXT,
Bootable CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Multi-Session
||(DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW) Random Access Write, Sequential Write(CD-R/RW)
Track at Once, Disc at Once, Session at Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing
||(DVD+R) 1x, 2x, 4x,6x,8x
(DVD-R) 1x, 2x, 4x
(DVD+RW) 1x, 2x , 4x
(DVD-RW) 1x, 2x
(CD-R) 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x
(CD-RW) 4x, 10x, 16x, 24x
|Data transfer rate
||(DVD) 160 ms (12X)
(CD) 130 ms (40X)
||Tray loader, dust sealed
||148.6 x 41.8 x 193.3 mm
The drive uses a 2MB buffer memory. The RAW DAO 96 writing (CD) is supported
while Mount Rainier is not.
The BTC DRW1008IM uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change
the drive's region at most 5 times. For our tests, we set the region
code to 2 (Europe).
- The drive
BTC's retail package includes two CD-ROMs, containing Ahead's Nero complete
package for recording, authoring and editing, plus PowerDVD with Power Producer
and MediaShow also included.
The warranty, an audio cable and mounting screws complete the
retail package contents.
The drive's front panel is colored light grey and has more than the usual
markings and logos displayed. On the tray door on the left we have the "dual"
logo signifying that this is a dual recorder, and on the right the 8x marking.
Below, from left to right are the internet address for a driver update site
where you can keep your drive's firmware up to date, the activity/power LED,
the DVD RW, RW DVD-ReWritable, and Compact Disc ReWritable logos, and finally
the eject button. Above and a little to the left of the eject button is the
emergency eject hole. The activity LED lights up green when busy and blinking
orange when recording is in progress.
On the rear panel (schematic included above for clarity) there are
the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector
and the power input.
Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty.
For reference reasons, we post the following pictures.
Mediatek's MT1818E chip used on this recorder, is from the
same series as the one used on theLiteOn LDW-811S and Pacific Digital U-30201
The BTC DRW1008IM was connected to our test PC and was identified
as "DVDRW IDE1008" under
WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision v0055 (available soon).
The following pages include the test results of the BTC drive in comparison
to two other dual DVD burners, the LiteOn LDW-811S and the Optorite DD0401.