MSI's quiet, solidly constructed CR52-M has a number of interesting design flourishes, but we prefer Lite-On's faster LTR-52327S.
LiteOn CD-ReWritable 52X/24X/52X EIDE
If you're not in the market for a DVD burner, the Lite-On LTR-52327S's performance, documentation, tech support, and modest price make this CD-RW drive a must-have.
52X/24X/52X External CD-RW Drive
With its robust software, great online support, and easy installation, the Iomega looks promising. But poor packet-writing performance ultimately sinks this drive.
I/O Magic I522452 internal 52X CD-RW
If you already have Nero Burning ROM or Easy CD Creator, the I/O Magic provides smooth, quiet, and fast performance. Otherwise, check out the 52X TDK VeloCD.
Yamaha CRW-F1 44X/24X/44X EIDE ( White)
Want to get in touch with your creative side? The CRW-F1 lets you burn more than just data and music.
CenDyne Lightning V ( 52X/24X/52X EIDE)
Its fast performance and cheap price make the Lightning V a good upgrade for experienced users.
Verbatim CD-RW 48X/16X/48X EIDE
This convenient external USB CD-RW drive is easy to set up, but glitches and confusing manuals limit its success.
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Plextor 48X/24X/48X EIDE
The reliable, fast-reading PlexWriter 48/24/48A is an excellent all-around drive and a real boon for backup-minded individuals--as long as price is not an issue.
Lite-On CD-RW 40x/12x/48x
If you want cutting-edge CD-RW speed at a low price, this 40X/12X/48X-rated drive delivers both with few frills--and few compromises. It's a good budget buy for consumers and small businesses.
Plextor PlexWriter 40/12/40A
If slow and steady wins the race, the Plextor gets the gold. But though it has redeeming virtues, the PlexWriter was outperformed by lower-rated CD-RW drives.