Iomega Super DVD Writer 16X16 USB 2.0 review: Iomega Super DVD Writer 16X16 USB 2.0

The Iomega Super DVD 16X16 USB 2.0 drive's strong speed ratings paid off in CNET Labs' tests. It's the fastest external DVD burner we've tested in these areas: writing data to DVD+/-RW discs; ripping and burning a 4.4GB video to a single-layer DVD; and ripping a 7.9GB video. The Super DVD 16X16 USB 2.0 also made quick work of burning that 7.9GB video to a double-layer DVD--though it wasn't as quick as the LaCie 16X d2 at this task. While the Iomega Super DVD 16X16 didn't take the top spot in audio CD ripping/burning and DVD+/-RW reading, its scores were only a few seconds off from the LaCie's and those of other external DVD burners, such as the HP dvd630e.

DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.4GB DVD Video burn test  
4.4GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  

Double-layer DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
7.9GB DVD Video burn test  
7.9GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  
*The Iomega drive writes to 2.4x DVD+R Double-layer media at 4x.

CD Audio rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
74:35 CD Audio burn test  
74:35 CD Audio rip test  

RW read/write tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.22GB RW write test  
4.22GB RW read test  

Unless otherwise mentioned, all write tests are run with Verbatim media, rated at the drive's maximum speed.

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Warranty coverage for the Iomega Super DVD Writer 16X16 lasts for the typical one year. The term includes phone support, but because the number is not toll-free, you have to pay long-distance phone charges for each call. After your warranty period is up, you must also pay a $25 fee for each incident. Lastly, the phone-support lines are open only Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. At least Iomega balances out this limited phone-support policy with a 24/7, real-time tech-support chatting feature on the company's support Web site.

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