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    Pioneer DVD-115 16X DVD Drive Review
    September 26th, 2000

    Where would computers be without new technology? Every single month, a new piece of technology comes out and the elite few jump on the bandwagon and get it, regardless if it will help you on anything over the old technology and regardless of the price. Take for example, me, I try to get everything new for bragging rights, not just because I want to see a jump in performance. Seriously folks, does anyone expect to SEE in real life a big performance jump from PC100 to PC133 SDRAM, or from a 32X CD-ROM to a 40X CD-ROM? But every month a slight upgrade in the speed of technology occurs and a handful of people say "wow, there's a new product out, I better get it". Then they grab it, put it in their systems, and are happy until a month later when another slight upgrade occurs. Then there are the smart upgraders, they buy a product and then use it happily for months, when a new product comes out that is significantly faster than their old hardware, they get it. These are the people who are cost conscious upgraders. They would buy a 5X DVD-ROM in January, use it until April, then do a big upgrade to 10X. They are also the very cost conscious user, who buys hardware and waits for a year or two before upgrading saying "Well, this is good enough for me". Folks, you do not know good enough until you have tried the fastest technology. Fast technology spoils you and that is exactly what makes these 3 classes of users, the very spoiled go for the constant upgrading while the infrequent updater is not effected by "technology euphoria". But for people like us, fast technology makes us drool. The review we have in store for you all today is of the Pioneer DVD-115 16X DVD-ROM drive. That's right, a blistering 16X DVD-ROM. That is something we probably wont need until mass DVD titles start hitting store shelves, but it is so darn cool to tell your friends that you have a 16Xer. Read through the review and you will understand that this drive is not only flashy but it is a real winner in the performance ring.


    Disc Format DVD-ROM and VIDEO (Single and Dual Layer)
    DVD-R, DVD-RW (DVD-RAM not supported)
    CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA (AudioCD), CD-ROM (Mode 1 and Mode 2)
    CD-ROM XA, VideoCD, PhotoCD, (single and multi-session)
    Interface ATAPI (ATA/ATAPI-4, Ultra DMA33
    Sustained transfer rate DVD (ATAPI): 6.6X-16X (8.91MB/s - 21MB/s)
    CD-ROM (ATAPI): 17.2X - 40X (2.58 MB/s - 6.0MB/s)
    Seek Time 85ms DVD-ROM, 70ms CD-ROM
    Access Time 95mb DVD-ROM, 80ms CD-ROM
    Data Buffer 512KB
    Mounting Orientation Horizontal and Vertical
    Environment Operating Temperature: 5 - 45C
    Humidity: 5-85%
    Not Operating Temperature: -20-60C
    Humidity: 5-90%
    Regulatory Approval UL, CSA, TUC, FCC Class B, FDA, CE Marking
    Power Requirement +5V +12V
    -In Read (average): 0.8A 1.3A
    -Peak (Maximum): 1.2A 1.4A
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 148 x 42.3 x 207.5mm
    5-13/16" x 1-11/16" x 8-2/16"
    Net Weight 1.0kg
    2lbs. 3oz.
    Reliability MTBF 100,000 POH (Duty 20%)

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    Author: Chris Oh
    Company: Pioneer
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