HP DVD-Writer DVD200i drive

The Good Fast DVD+RW rewritable and DVD+R recordable performance; also writes to CD-R and CD-RW; reads all current DVD media types.

The Bad Emergency-eject hole accepts only small-diameter paper clips.

The Bottom Line Though the compatibility of DVD+Rs with other hardware is still unproven, the DVD200i is a fast all-in-one optical drive and excellent for both backing up your system and for mastering DVDs.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Review

HP DVD-Writer DVD200i drive

HP's DVD-Writer DVD200i could be the DVD-movie-burning solution of your dreams. A speedy, second-generation DVD+RW drive that can now write to DVD+R recordable discs as well as older DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media, the HP is an all-in-one optical wonder and a backup drive par excellence. The new DVD+R media's compatibility with DVD-ROM drives and movie players also looks promising, although we're still testing a variety of discs to make sure.HP's DVD-Writer DVD200i could be the DVD-movie-burning solution of your dreams. A speedy, second-generation DVD+RW drive that can now write to DVD+R recordable discs as well as older DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media, the HP is an all-in-one optical wonder and a backup drive par excellence. The new DVD+R media's compatibility with DVD-ROM drives and movie players also looks promising, although we're still testing a variety of discs to make sure.

Think inside the box
HP ships the $499 DVD200i, which is compatible with Windows 98 and later, with a healthy collection of documentation, software, and accessories. The paperwork includes a quick-start poster, a colorful software manual, and a troubleshooting guide. HP also packs an audio cable, an 80-pin IDE cable, and mounting screws, as well as one DVD+R and one DVD+RW disc in the box. The DVD200i is no more difficult to install than any internal drive; the process is daunting if you're afraid of opening your computer but otherwise straightforward. One minor gripe: the drive's emergency-eject hole can be accessed with only the smallest of paper clips--very frustrating if you don't have any handy.

The DVD200i's software bundle is necessarily copious to handle the myriad tasks the drive performs. The easy-to-use (but somewhat limited) RecordNow program lets you master data DVDs and CDs. DLA (Drive Letter Access) takes care of packet writing to both DVD+RW and CD-RW. For mastering movies, you can turn to Sonic Solutions MyDVD, while ArcSoft Showbiz takes care of advanced video editing. HP also includes Simple Backup to address your backup chores and CyberLink PowerDVD for DVD movie playback.

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