CD-W28PU - Page 1
one of those companies that have chosen to support the USB 2.0 interface, and
take advantage of all those the interface can offer regarding the performance
and the easiness of installation. As it is well known, USB 2.0 has a raw data
rate at 480Mbps, and it is rated 40 times faster than its predecessor interface,
USB 1.1, which tops at 12Mbps. We have already tested the Teac CD-W280PU external
CD-RW drive, which was the Japanese version of the drive we currently have in
our hands. Teac CD-W28PU is the drive contained in the European retail package
and supports 8x CDR writing, 8x CD-RW writing and 24x reading speed. Competition
by Plextor, CyQve and other manufacturers is already established and we couldn't
resist to a straight performance comparison.
European retail package contains the CD-W28PU drive unit, the AC adapter, the
USB interface cable, an installation floppy disc, Nero Burning Rom v.5.5 writing
software, an information CD-ROM with manuals and specifications, and the user's
manual. The package is priced at $225.
you can see in the picture, the drive has basically a metallic gray color. It
is manual top loading / manual eject and on the top you will find the eject
button, the power/busy indicator led, which indicates the status and the operation
states of the drive, and the write indicator led, which shows the write status
of the drive. On the left side of the drive there is the 3.5mm line output jack
for analog audio. On the right side there is DC-IN connector, in which is connected
the provided dedicated AC adapter.
CD-W28PU weights only 450 g and its dimensions are 140 x 15 x 146 mm (WxHxD).
The drive supports 8x writing speed, 24x CAV cd-r reading speed, and 8x CLV
cd-rw reading speed. TEAC standard gives the drive a 110 msec access time (random
drive was installed through the package included USB 2.0 cable to the PC card
and was powered by the provided AC adapter. Note that the drive can also be
connected through the USB 1.1 interface, but with a lower reading/writing performance.
Teac CD-W28PU was identified as "TEAC CD-W28E". As Nero reports, the
drive supports 8x writing speed, buffer underrun protection, cd-text, DAO, and
has a 2 MB buffer although Nero reports only 1280 KB. On the other hand, Teac
CD-W28PU does not support the overburning function. The drive is a December
2001 model and the firmware installed was vU1.B1