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DVD Burner Test: Seven Times The Capacity

Ricoh MP-5125A

Ricoh MP-5125A
Read speed, CD32x
Read speed, DVD8x
Write speed, CD-R12x
Write speed, CD-RW10x
Write speed, DVD-R2.4x
Write speed, DVD-RW2.4x
Avg. access time, CD120 ms
Avg access time, DVD140 ms
Memory cache2 MB
Firmware version1.13

Ricoh, another major partner in the DVD+RW Alliance, is now offering the MP-5125A. This is the successor to the MP-5120A (only DVD+RW), and it has technical features similar to those of its +RW stablemates. Its maximum speed in +R and +RW is 2.4x, and its outer appearance is extremely classic.

Software Package

Apart from Ahead, Nero Burning ROM 5.5 and InCD, the package contains some less common applications. For recording and video retouching it has WinProducer, and WinDVD for playing. The big surprise comes from Neo DVD, which is incredibly easy to use. Once the digital camcorder or other video source is connected, all you have to do is press one button to start burning the DVD directly. This saves a lot of time if you just want to free up your cassette and store the video on it for later editing. But you can also edit videos and label your video sequences in no time.