Yamaha CRW2200EZ 20x/10x/40x EIDE

The Good Top-notch performance; huge software bundle; good documentation.

The Bad Different applications that duplicate basic tasks can be confusing.

The Bottom Line With a big software bundle and speedy performance, this is the perfect drive for anyone new to the CD-R/RW world.

Editors' Rating
9.0 Overall

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Review

Yamaha CRW2200EZ 20x/10x/40x EIDE

Sep 2001

To make the most of a CD-R/RW setup, you need more than the drive. You also need a ton of software--audio-editing applications, file-management systems, CD-label and jacket-design programs--that can cost a bundle if it doesn't come with your drive. The Yamaha CRW2200EZ puts your entire CD-R/RW wish list into one box, along with a tiny $229 price tag--not to mention the fastest rewritable performance we've seen to date.To make the most of a CD-R/RW setup, you need more than the drive. You also need a ton of software--audio-editing applications, file-management systems, CD-label and jacket-design programs--that can cost a bundle if it doesn't come with your drive. The Yamaha CRW2200EZ puts your entire CD-R/RW wish list into one box, along with a tiny $229 price tag--not to mention the fastest rewritable performance we've seen to date.

Big bundle; medium price
There are a few cheaper CD-R/RW drives that offer competitive performance, including the QPS Que 24X/10X/40X, a $179 drive with blistering performance. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a drive this fast that offers so many extras for the price. Until November 11, 2001, a $30 mail-in rebate is also available, which brings the price of the Yamaha CRW2200EZ down to a very svelte $199.

The list of bundled software reads like a multimedia fan's dream, starting with the powerful Ahead Nero 5.5 for CD mastering. While it's not as easy to use as the oft-bundled Roxio Easy CD Creator, Ahead Nero 5.5's extensive list of features allows you to edit audio, run performance benchmarks, and filter sound for karaoke. The software also features disk imaging, drive-letter rewriting (also known as packet-writing), and support for all the expected CD formats.

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  • MSRP $280
  • Brand Yamaha
  • Color Category white
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