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The PX-608CU can be bus-powered, but that will require using two USB ports on your computer. If your USB bus can't provide sufficient power, you can use the included AC adapter to power the burner.
|Drive type||External CD/DVD rewritable drive|
|Supported media||DVD+/R DL; DVD+/-R; DVD+/-RW; CD-R; CD-RW; DVD-ROM; DVD-RAM; DVD-Video; CD-DA; CD-ROM; Video CD; Photo CD; CD Text; CD Extra|
|Maximum write speeds||4X DVD+/-R DL; 8X DVD+/-R; 8X DVD+RW; 6X DVD-RW; 24X CD-R; 24X CD-RW|
|Dimensions (WDH)||5.43x0.87x6.38 inches|
|Notable design feature||Motorized eject button|
|Connection options||USB 2.0|
|System requirements||Pentium III 800MHz or faster (or equivalent); 256MB RAM; 10GB HDD|
|OSes supported||Windows 2000; Windows XP|
|Software included||Roxio Easy Media Creator 8|
|Additional features||Supports 8cm and 12cm discs|
|Service and support||One-year limited warranty; toll-free phone support 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT; Web site includes tech support via e-mail, FAQs, self-help guides, and downloads.|
The CNET Labs test results revealed slower rip and burn speeds than we've seen lately from burners, but it's not surprising considering the drive's rated speeds. Ripping an 8.46GB commercial DVD to the hard drive took 23 minutes, 38 seconds. Burning that image to a DVD+R DL disc took 30 minutes, 50 seconds. Burning a 4.48GB mixed-data file to a DVD+R disc took 13 minutes, 26 seconds. Ripping a commercial CD (746MB) took 4 minutes, 23 seconds. Burning that image to a CD-R disc took 6 minutes, 16 seconds.