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      RICOH MP5125A DVD+R/+RW Review

     
     Date: January 13th, 2003
     Type: Review
     Supplier: RICOH
     Author: mayhem
     RRP: $595 AUS

    This is pretty much the same as the DVD+RW recording characteristics, nothing to much different.

    CD-R/-RW recording speeds - While only being about to record at 12x on CD media and rewrite at 10x makes the drive a bit slower than the faster CD-RW recorders available at the moment, which can handle 52x write and 24 re-write, it is still fast enough to be able to handle the majority of people needs.

    The CD writing functionality of the drive works just like any other CD writer on the market, we felt it wasn't really necessary to go into much detail on this side of things.

    Results:
    In all the tests that were performed we didn't have a single disc fail (that is no discs that were burnt correctly on our part had any problems being read by any of the test hardware), this is a good sign of the quality of the burns and the compatibility of the plus ("+") standard itself.

    The only main problem that we came across was that the DVD+R discs were rather incompatible with the home theater DVD players that were used for testing. This is similar to the problems faced with CD-R discs when DVD players where released. The DVD+RW and CD-RW are compatible with the majority of DVD movie players mainly because of the material the data side of the medium is made from, that is, it closely resembles that of a stamped (manufactured) disc where CD-R and DVD+R differ. The colour of the laser for the DVD playback can't read the data from the CD-R and DVD+R discs as well as the ReWriteable ones, thus causing incompatibility.

    Conclusion:
    Overall the MP5125A is a feature packed product and rather affordably priced, this makes it in reach for most people who are after a larger optical storage medium than CD-R's can supply.

    One thing that is a bit deceiving is that although the discs say 4.7GB capacity in reality it is only 4.3GB as there must be a file allocation table etc just like any other form of storage (but 4.3GB is still just over 5x the capacity of a CD-R/-RW media and the price of the media is on a similar scale making it quite affordable for data backup).

    For those of you interested Sony has recently released a DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW drive, this means you have the best of both the + and - standards at your disposal.

    Pros

    • Value for money
    • Features
    • Capacity

    Cons

    • Software is a bit different to the usual Nero (if your used to that)
    • Compatibility of DVD+R with some home theater DVD players

    Special thanks to Monique Fox and the people over at Ricoh for supplying this kit for us to review.

    Score: 8.5 / 10

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