TEAC CD-W516E 16X/10X/40X Internal

The Good Burns quickly; a speedy reader.

The Bad Unusually slow audio extraction.

The Bottom Line The TEAC performs well on data applications, but audio enthusiasts might look elsewhere.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

TEAC CD-W516E 16X/10X/40X Internal

The TEAC CD-W516E offers the best price and is the fastest drive for reading and writing data discs in CNET's roundup. Unfortunately, it falls short in other areas. Light documentation makes installation a little more challenging for novices, and the drive's digital audio extraction (DAE) performance lagged behind the pack. Audiophiles may want to hold out for a drive with faster DAE, but more savvy users may jump at the TEAC's value for nonaudio applications.The TEAC CD-W516E offers the best price and is the fastest drive for reading and writing data discs in CNET's roundup. Unfortunately, it falls short in other areas. Light documentation makes installation a little more challenging for novices, and the drive's digital audio extraction (DAE) performance lagged behind the pack. Audiophiles may want to hold out for a drive with faster DAE, but more savvy users may jump at the TEAC's value for nonaudio applications.

Nice price
The TEAC CD-W516E's low $229 price and internal IDE connection make it a cost-effective upgrade for PC users with a modicum of know-how. While installing an internal drive takes a bit more time and thought than connecting a USB or FireWire device, the TEAC kit contains everything you need to do so successfully: drive, manual, CD audio cable, 40-pin signal cable, mounting screws, and software CD. TEAC also throws in a blank CD-R and CD-RW.

Although the documentation that comes with the CD-W516E is a bit light, installation is straightforward. The IDE interface means that the TEAC can be installed by itself on an IDE channel or alongside other IDE-type drives. The TEAC drive can be installed in any available drive bay and connected to your IDE controller in less than 15 minutes. Windows recognizes the drive at start-up, at which time you can install the included software.

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  • Brand TEAC America Inc.
  • Color Category white
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