Memorex 16X16X DL IDE DVD drive review: Memorex 16X16X DL IDE DVD drive

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Decent recording and rewriting speeds; generous Nero bundle; affordable.

The Bad No dual-layer DVD-R support; slow DVD-reading speed; bundled software can rip audio CDs to MP3 files only 30 times without upgrade.

The Bottom Line This drive turned in decent recording and rewriting times and comes with a superior software bundle, but its DVD ripping performance is surprisingly dismal.

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Memorex 16X16X DL IDE DVD burner

Memorex's latest internal DVD rewriter raises the ante by adding 16X single-layer DVD-R and 4X double-layer (DL) DVD+R recording speeds to the 16X DVD+R support offered by its predecessor. It's also one of the first drives on the market able to rewrite DVD-RW media at 6X and DVD+RW at 8X. It doesn't support the new dual-layer DVD-R format, but we consider this a small shortcoming in a drive that records DVD+R DL media. Outstanding specs and excellent software bundle aside, the Memorex 16X16X double-layer IDE burner turns in an uneven performance: it's about average for most write tasks but shows surprisingly slow read and rip times.

Installing the drive was a snap, thanks to an outstanding illustrated installation poster that even describes different drive and bus configurations and explains how you'd want to set the rewriter's jumpers in each case. We had our test unit up and running less than 20 minutes after cracking the shrink-wrap.

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Memorex 16X16X DL IDE DVD drive

Part Number: 32023292 Released: Jan 1, 2005
MSRP: $99.99 Low Price: $35.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan 1, 2005
  • Write Speed 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD+R DL)
  • Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
  • Type DVD±RW (+R DL)
  • Read Speed 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)