What is one of the most requested and wanted products in the hardware market today? My guess would be CD-R and CD-RW drives. It's a hot item, and it can only get hotter. You can store 650 MB of data on one CD, at a low price (not considering the drive itself), and almost everyone has a CD player, as opposed to something like a Zip drive which not everyone has.
Now the main factor for CD recordable drives are cost and speed. Actual drives are not that cheap, although we have seen significant price drops as newer products are released. CD-RW drives are more expensive of course, because of the extra ability it can handle, re-recording CDs using a special CD-RW disk.
In my opinion speed is the most looked at feature, and in reality the most important, especially if you are going to shell out the money and buy a drive. Of course reliability is important as well. I know that nobody wants to sit on their computer waiting for a CD to record, so the higher speed the CD drive is, the less you are going to wait. For example a Plexwriter 8X which has 8 speed recording, can copy a whole CD within 9 minutes, while the 4x we tested took somewhere between 15-20 minutes, you'll see more in the benchmarks. Although, realize this, not only do you have to worry about the drive itself, but you'll need to make sure you get the right blank CD. For example, say you have the 8x Plexwriter, you'll need to get blank CDs which support 8x drives, otherwise you will be recording at the max speed for that CD, making you wait just as long as you would have to with an slower drive.
There are a lot of factors that go into buying a CD recordable drive such as the speed and cost, but also frame buffers, and how reliable it can record without errors. You will have to look more into that if you are not sure about these things, so make sure you are getting the right product.
So without further delay I present to you the review on the AOpen9420 4x4x20 CD-RW drive.