CD952E 52X CDROM
by david, 13 May 2001
I haven't had much experience with products from Aopen before. All
I knew was that they made some CDROMs, and that was it. Quality-wise,
I was biased towards names such as Creative, Asus and Sony. To me
initially, Aopen was just another small Taiwanese company trying
to make it big in the PC hardware industry. No biggie. Then Aopen
exploded onto the scene with products like the Aopen
CDRW 121032Pro with JustLink. Rave reviews popped up here and
there. Even a good friend of mine who owns a PC store recommended
the Aopen CDROM to me, claiming that its quality and performance
rivalled that of other brands available to choose from in Malaysia,
while being much cheaper too. So, when my sister wanted her own
PC and asked me to build her one, I included the Aopen 52X CDROM
into her system.
up, the box looks quite nice and flashy, but the CDROM itself looks
quite plain. Usually, you would find the company logo embossed onto
the front plate of the CDROM, but in this case, all you see is 52X
splashed onto the right side of the cd-tray. Otherwise, the drive
looks quite plain, with the standard beige colored front plate.
the box was the standard paper 'manual' which was a few pages long,
but detailed enough to provide the newbie with sufficiently clear
instructions to install the CDROM drive into their own rigs. Also
included were some screws, 4 to be exact. Nice touch, especially
when not many manufacturers fail to include screws with their CDROM
products. Of course, the CDROM was also in the box, wrapped in a
static bag and protected with some cardboard mounting thingys to
prevent the drive from bouncing around in the box.
this drive comes with the standard stuff. Most notable was the inclusion
of UDMA33 support. Most CDROMs around only support PIO 4, thus requiring
you to hook it up on an IDE channel seperate from your HDD to ensure
your CDROM doesn't slow your HDD down. UDMA33 is still significantly
slower than ATA100, but its stil good to know that thisCDROM drive
is capable of greater transfer rates, as compared to most other
CDROMs out there.
drive is quite new, as you can see, it was manufactured in January
2001. I normally don't flash the firmware of optical drives I receive.
If I encounter problems with the drive, I assume its the drive at
fault and return it to whomever I bought it from. Since the drive
is quite newly manufactured, I assumed the firmware of the Aopen
52X CDROM was up to date. Besides, I don't see why users should
have to upgrade the firmware on products we bought. Products on
the market should work as advertised, and if the manufacturers suddenly
require a firmware upgrade, then I would only agree if it was done
by the manufacturers, at their own cost. I for one will NOT pay
to fix something that wasn't my own fault.