Friday, November 14, 2003
new SD-R5112 drive is the Toshiba's proposal for recording on 4x DVD. Although
the company was among those who launched 4x DVD writers late, we decided to
take a look at the device since Toshiba mostly produces reliable products.
With DVD/CD playback and recording capabilities in a single unit, SD-R5112
photo files with greater efficiency and performance. For consumers interested
in updating their existing desktop computers, the SD-R5112 drive is also available
as an upgrade kit, which includes all the tools (drive, software,
cables and media) needed for the "do-it-yourself" installation.
new ATAPI/IDE drive is compatible only with DVD-R/RW formats and of course with
CD-R/RW. The recording speeds are 4x/2x and 16x/10x respectively.
4.8X/4X DVD-R Read/Write
4.8X/2X DVD-RW Read/Write
12X DVD-ROM Read
16X CD-R Read/Write
10X CD-RW Read/Write
40X CD-ROM Read
Horizontal or Vertical Mount
Average Random Seek Time (typical): DVD: 130ms, CD-ROM: 110ms,
|Supported Disc Formats
DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-DA, CD+(E)G, CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT, CD-ROM XA,
MIXED MODE CD, CD-I, CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multi-session CD
(Photo-CD, CD-EXTRA, Portfolio, CD-R, CD-RW), CD-R, CD-RW, High-Speed CD-RW
CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, High-Speed CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW
|Average Random Seek Time
||DVD: 120ms (Typ)
CD: 105ms (Typ)
||Horizontal and Vertical
(W x H x D)
|146 mm x 41.5 mm x 189.5 mm (excluding bezel)
As you can see from the table above, Toshiba supports writing for DVD-R/RW
and CD-R/RW media both.
The burn procedure can easily approach the 4x speed under CLV with
DVD-R and 2X with DVD-RW media. As far as it concerns the CD part
the writing speed for the CD-R is 16X P-CAV and 10X P-CAV for CD-RW Ultra
of the drive is 2MB while on the dimension part is half height in comparison
with the standard size.
Toshiba SD-R5112 uses the RPC II region control, allows user to change
the drive's region 5 times in total. For our tests, we set the region
code to 2
The drive supports reading of all the DVD recordable/rewritable discs
including DVD-RAM but not Mount Rainier.
retail package includes the Toshiba IDE drive, one 4.7GB 4x DVD-R blank
media by Traxdata, one 700MB 48x CD-R by Verbatim, a quick installation guide
a marker, an audio
cable and mounting screws.
The package also includes the WinDVD 4
software for playback and navigate, Pinnacle INSTANT CD/DVD v.7 for authoring
and Pinnacle STUDIO v.8 for editing.
The front panel of the drive is colored in ordinary gray with an eject/load
button, a busy led indicator which is green at the reading/writing process
and the emergency eject hole.
On the left of the disc loading tray you can see the CD-RW
format logo while the DVD+RW format logo
is placed in the middle of the tray.
On the rear panel you can see the analog output, the ATAPI interface connector
and the power input.
The mainboard of the drive is available in the following picture. You can
enlarge the photo by clicking on it but please be patient
while it's loading.
Below is the main chipset of the Toshiba drive.
Toshiba drive was connected to our test PC
and was identified as "TOSHIBA
DVD-ROM SD-R5112" under
WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision v1031.