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Hewlett-Packard CD24ri

Hewlett-Packard CD24ri
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
InterfaceIDE
Cache memory4 MB
Mechanical systemPlextor
CD-R write modeZ-CLV
CD-R write speed1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x, 24x
CD-RW write speed2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
Maximum read speed40x
Access time140 ms
Write modesDisk At OnceTrack At OnceMultisessionPacket WritingDisk At Once RAWOverburning
Buffer Underrun ProtectionBurn-Proof
Test firmware2.00
Price$170

The CD24ri is the latest Hewlett-Packard burner. Though the make used to be faithful to Sony mechanics, it has now turned to Sanyo and its CDR-BP1500P. The CD24ri now has the performance rates of Sanyo-based equipment, and one of its features is Burn-Proof. It has 4 MB of cache and uses the Z-CLV mode to record CD-Rs. Its read performance is satisfactory with a speed of 40x max and an access time of 140 ms.

For its software, HP has also taken its business elsewhere - the CD24ri comes with Nero Burning Rom 5.5 instead of Easy CD Creator. The box also contains a CD-R labeling kit and a disk with a variety of applications, including Music Match Jukebox and Video Impression by Center Arcsoft.