Friday, April 23, 2004
among the few companies that still produces DVD technology. The company has
unveilled quality drives in the past, and currently, after quite some time
of "inactivity", comes up with the new SD-R5272 dual format recorder.
The drive is compatible with all current
as well as DVD-RAM (read).
The Toshiba drive features 8x DVD-/+R write, 4x DVD-/+RW write, 32x
CD-R write, 16x CD-RW write US, 40x CD-ROM read, 24x CD-RW read, 12x DVD-ROM
read and 2x DVD-RAM read. Buffer underrun protection is also supported.
ATAPI (E-IDE), PIO Mode 4, MW DMA mode
2, Ultra DMA/Ultra DMA33
|Applicable Write Format
CD-R/-RW: Disc at once, Track at once, Session at once,
DVD-R: Disc at once, Incremental write
DVD-RW: Disc at once, Incremental write, Restricted
DVD+R: Sequential Write
DVD+RW: Sequential Write, Random Write
|Applicable Write disc
CD-R/-RW, HS CD-RW& US
CD-RW: CD-DA, CD+E(G),
CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, MIXED MODE CD, CD-I, CD-I Bridge
(Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multi-session CD (Photo-CD,
DVD-R: DVD-R (Ver 2.0 for General), 8X DVD-R Rev3.0
DVD-RW: (Ver 1.2 for General) 4X DVD-RW
DVD+R: DVD+R (4.7GB, Ver 1.2)
DVD+RW: DVD+RW (4.7GB, Ver 1.2)
|Applicable Formats - Read
(DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18), DVD-R (Ver. 2.01),
DVD+R (4.7GB, Ver 1.11), DVD-RW (Ver. 1.1), DVD+RW
(4.7GB, Ver 1.2), DVD-RAM (Ver 2.1)
CD: CD-DA, CD+(E)G, CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM
XA, CD-I, MIXED MODE CD, CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multi-session
CD, CD-Extra, CD-R, CD-RW,
Portfolio), CD-RW, CD-R
|Data Disc Capacities
DVD-ROM: 4.377GB (DVD-5), 7.959GB
(DVD-9), 8.754GB (DVD-10), 15.917GB
DVD-R: (Ver 1) 3.679 GB
DVD-R: (Ver 2.0) 4.377 GB
DVD-RW: 4.377 GB
DVD-RAM: (Ver 2.1) 4.377 GB
CD: 656.5MB (mode 1), 748.8MB (mode
DVD-ROM: (single layer) 7,580rpm (5.0
- 12X CAV)
DVD-ROM: (dual layer) 5,053rpm (3.3
- 8X CAV)
DVD+R: (read) 5,053 - 5,560rpm (4 - 8X PCAV)
DVD-RW, DVD+RW: (read)
3,790 - 5,560rpm (4 - 6X PCAV)
DVD-RAM: (Ver 2.1) (read) 1,400 - 3,300rpm
DVD-R: (Ver 2.0) (Write) 1,100 - 2,780rpm
(2X CLV), 2,200 - 5,560rpm (4X CLV), 4,100 - 6,800rpm (4/5/8X ZCLV)
DVD-R: (Ver 2.0) (Write) 550 - 1,390rpm
(1X CLV), 1,100 - 2,780rpm (2X CLV), 2,200 - 5,560rpm (4X CLV)
DVD+R: (Write) 1,380 - 3,300rpm (2.4X
CLV), 2,200 - 5,560rpm (4X CLV), 4,100 - 6,800rpm (4/5/8X ZCLV)
DVD+RW: (Write) 1,380 - 3,300rpm (2.4X
CLV), 2,200 - 5,560rpm (4X CLV)
CD-ROM, CD-R: 8,561rpm
(17.2 - 40X CAV)
CD-DA: Transfer 5,100rpm (10.3 - 24X
CD-DA, Video-CD: 1,200
- 2,000rpm (4 - 6X PCAV)
CD-RW: (read) 5,100rpm (10.3 - 24X
CD-R: (write) 850 - 1,980rpm (4X CLV),
2,550 - 5,940rpm (12X CLV), 3,400 - 5,940rpm (12, 16X ZCLV), 5,130
- 6,800rpm (12/16/20/24/32X
CD-RW: (write) 850 - 1,980rpm (4X CLV)
High Speed CD-RW: (Write) 850 - 1,980rpm
(4X CLV), 2,125 - 4,950rpm (10X CLV)
Ultra Speed CD-RW: (Write) 3,400 - 5,940
rpm (12/16X ZCLV)
DVD: (Single) 6,760 - 16,224KB/second
DVD: (Dual) 4,432 - 10,816KB/second
DVD-R, DVD+R: 5,408
DVD-RW, DVD+RW: 5,408
CD: 2,588 - 6,000KB/second (mode 1),
2,950 - 6,843KB/second (mode 2)
CD-RW: 1,294 - 3,000KB/second (mode
1), 1,475 - 3,422KB/second (mode 2)
||DVD: 130ms, CD: 110ms, DVD-RAM: 200ms
||2 MB with Buffer Underrun Protection
||Digital and Analogue output
||2.20 lbs. (1.0kg)
||1.63" x 5.75" x 7.46" (41.5mm x 146mm x
The drive uses a 2MB buffer memory store and supports RAW DAO 96 writing
(CD). The drive does not support Mount Rainier.
The drive 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
european retail package includes a safety instruction manual, a quick start
guide, a CD which includes the product manual, FAQ/Glossary, DOS drivers,
a second CD with Pinnacle Studio SE v.9 and Instant CD/DVD v.8, mounting screws,
a blank Traxdata
8x DVD+R 4,7GB disc and a blank Verbatim 48x CD-R.
Also there are the internal connection IDE and analogue audio cables as well
as an advertising marker.
The drive's front panel's color is white in colour.
On the tray from
left to right we can see the following: Ultra Speed Compact disc Rewritable
DVD R/RW logo and RW DVD+ReWritable logo.
Below and on the right hand side we have the power led,
the emergency eject hole.
On the rear panel you can find 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. Click on the photos
an enlarged view.
The PCB and chipset are manufactured by Toshiba.
The device was connected to our test PC and identified
as "TOSHIBA ODD-DVD SD-R5272" under
WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision v1030.
The following pages include test
results for the Toshiba drive, compared with the NEC ND-2500A and TDK 880N
drives which both have about the same specifications as those of the Toshiba.