Friday, February 20, 2004
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
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
||Electrical load / eject, with emergency eject
|Supported Memory cards
||CompactFlash/MicroDrive/SmartMedia/Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/
|Supported CD Media
||CD-R, CD-RW, MiniCD, CD-DA, CD-XA, CD-I, PhotoCD, VideoCD, CD-Text
||Orange-Book part 2,3
Disk at once
Track at once
||Optical Drive: Standard IDE Interface
Card Reader: USB interface (Internal USB connector on motherboard or at
back of the PC)
||Application Standard UL1950 CSA950 EN60950 HHS Class1 EN60825-1 Class1
Radio Interference EN55022 EN61000-3-2 EN61000-3-3 ENN50082-1
||Height 4,2 cm x Width 14,7 cm x Length 19,5 cm - Weight 950 gr
||Operating +5° to +45° C
Storage -30° to +60° C
Gradient 11 °C /hour (max.)
Humidity 8 - 80 % (no condensation)
Gradient 11 %/hour (max.)
||• Freecom Internal CD-RW Recorder with 7 in 1 Card
• 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
||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
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
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.
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.