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Friday, February 20, 2004
Freecom FC-1

1. Package - Installation

Freecom FC-1- Page 1


The Freecom FC-1 52x32x52 CD-RW burner with 7-in-1 card-reader is a new device that combines an ultra fast CD-RW with an integral 7-in-1 card-reader. The FC-1 is available as an internal version for PCs, and is connected via the IDE and USB interface. It writes CD-R media at 52x speed, and rewrites CD-RW media at 32x speed. The built-in buffer underrun prevention technology ensures reliability when writing or rewriting CD blanks. The card-reader supports CompactFlash, MicroDrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard.

- Specifications
Product specifications 52x32x52
Tray type Electrical load / eject, with emergency eject
Supported Memory cards CompactFlash/MicroDrive/SmartMedia/Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/
Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard
Supported CD Media CD-R, CD-RW, MiniCD, CD-DA, CD-XA, CD-I, PhotoCD, VideoCD, CD-Text
Recording mode Orange-Book part 2,3
Packet writing
Disk at once
Track at once
Multi Session
Interface Optical Drive: Standard IDE Interface
Card Reader: USB interface (Internal USB connector on motherboard or at the
back of the PC)
MTBF 50.000 hours
Safety standards Application Standard UL1950 CSA950 EN60950 HHS Class1 EN60825-1 Class1
Radio Interference EN55022 EN61000-3-2 EN61000-3-3 ENN50082-1
Physical specifications Height 4,2 cm x Width 14,7 cm x Length 19,5 cm - Weight 950 gr
Environmental specifications Operating +5° to +45° C
Storage -30° to +60° C
Gradient 11 °C /hour (max.)
Humidity 8 - 80 % (no condensation)
Gradient 11 %/hour (max.)
Package includes: • Freecom Internal CD-RW Recorder with 7 in 1 Card Reader
• Roxio Easy CD Creator version 6/VCD editon
• Freecom CD-R 80 min 700MB
• Manual in 7 languages (D, GB, F, I, E, NL, T)
• Quick Install Guide
• Cables & Screws
• Free helpdesk support
• 2 years manufacturers warranty
System requirements The minimum system requirements for the drive and complementary software:
PC with Pentium II 350 MHz or higher with Windows 98SE/ME/
2000Professional/XP, 400 MB free harddisk space, 128MB RAM, one free IDE
controller connector and one free USB connector on the motherboard or at
the back of the PC.
This drive can play the following formats: Video CD, Photo CD, CD-DA, CDROM,
CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-TEXT, CD-Extra, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-UDF. This drive
can not play or record any DVD media.

The Freecom FC-1 uses a 2MB buffer store. The drive also supports Mount Rainier and RAW DAO 96 writing (CD).

- The drive

The Freecom retail package includes the drive, a CD with the manual and Roxio CD Recording Software (with Easy CD Creator). Thus there is a quick installation guide and the warranty.

The IDE and the audio cables, the mounting screws and a blank CD are also included. Finally, there is a cable/adaptor, for connecting the USB output cable onto our PC's USB connector instead of straight on the motherboard.

Below you can find the detailed description regarding the front and rear panels:

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. For a larger view press on the photo.

The drive is based on the chipset shown below from Mediatek.

- Installation

The Freecom FC-1 was connected to our test PC and was identified as "FREECOM CRW52K" under WinXP operating system.

The following pages include the test results of the Freecom drive in comparison with two other drives, the Plextor Premium and the AOpen CRW5232.

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