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Friday, November 22, 2002

1. Introduction/Installation

Teac CD-552E IDE CD-ROM - Page 1

- Introduction

For all those who still consider a good CD-ROM drive as a "desktop essential", Teac offers a new solution for reading at a high speed of 52X. Although the in our latest hardware reviews we had to do with high-end CD-R/RW and DVD recorders, we could not resist testing the new CD-ROM drive from Teac. The performance of the drive is compared with the already tested CD-ROM solutions from Samsung, MSI and CyberDrive.

- Drive features

The Teac CD-552E is a 52X ATAPI CD-ROM drive. The current firmware revision installed is v1.00 and the supported cache buffer is 128 KB.

In the following picture you can see the detailed specifications of the drive.

- The package

The retail kit contains the drive itself, a quick installation guide, an IDE cable and mounting screws. A multimedia CD-ROM is also bundled with information and specifications about the Teac products. Teac offers a 2-year warranty for the CD-552E. The retail price of the drive is 30~50 Euro, including tax.

The front panel of the drive looks generic and on the disc loading tray there is the "Compact Disc" logo. The eject/stop button among with the fast/forward button is placed below the tray on the right side of the front panel, as usually. The operation LED indicates the drive's status and is active while reading. Last, the available headphone jack and the volume control knob let you use the drive as an audio playback device.

On the rear panel there are the usual connectors, such as the DC input, the ATAPI interface, the device configuration jumper, and the analog/digital audio outputs.

After removing the screws on the bottom we can see the drive's internal design (click for a high-res).

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- Installation

The Teac drive was identified as "Teac CD-552E" under WinXP. The drive was installed to the secondary IDE channel of our test PC as a "Master" and worked in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode. The drive was a 2002 model came with firmware version v1.00 installed.

For all the tests we used the latest versions of CloneCD, CDDAE, CDSpeed and EAC. We compare the performance of the Teac drive with three other CD-ROM drives, the Cyberdrive 52X, the MSI MS-8152 and the Samsung SC-152L (52X).

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