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Pioneer 106s 16x/40x DVD-ROM Drive
review by david, 21 December 2001


DVDs have gained much popularity over the past few months, with the prices of DVDROMS dropping significantly thus being much more affordable to the general public. DVD disks have become one of the best media for storage, mostly due to their large storage capacity upwards of 7GBs of data.

Pioneer, to me at least, are a big name in the home entertainment industry, as I see the brand name all over high end (and of course, very expensive) audio entertainment systems, including car stereo systems. .

Online, the hype of the kick-ass Pioneer DVDROM for the PC was all over popular hardware site discussion forums. The DVDROM in question was the Pioneer 106s, a slot loading model. Not only a performance model, but also very easily flashable to be region free.

Upon further investigation, I discovered there were two versions of the 106s, obviously the retail, and the OEM versions. The retail version looks exactly like the picture above, and comes in a box with a manual etc. The OEM, as usual, comes bare, with only a folded paper manual and a CD-audio cable. The OEM looks slightly different, as the picture below shows:

Slight difference in the faceplate markings, is all. On the inside, everything else is the exact same.

Thus, when the OEM Pioneer 106s popped up in local computer stores, I rushed to get myself one. At RM 300, or USD 78+, the drive was a steal. And I was lucky too, as stocks of the Pioneer 106s rapidly depleted. Right now, I don't think they can be found anywhere here, as the rumor goes that even stocks in Singapore are also sold out. Online, however, plenty of e-commerce stores sell the Pioneer 106s.

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