Conclusion: Like many, I never expected DVD±R writing speeds to reach 20x, let alone 24x. Nevertheless, Optiarc has pulled off this impressive feat with the AD-7240S. Affordably priced, the drive offers a good mix of performance and features that should make it a big hit among consumers and enthusiasts alike. The AD-7240S is the first drive from Optiarc with the ability to write to both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 24x.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 24x, Writes to DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL media at 12x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x, Reads DVD-RW and DVD+RW media at 13x, Reads DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL media at 12x, Reads and writes to DVD-RAM media at 12x, Features 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW writing speeds, Good selection of writing and rewriting speeds, Includes buffer underrun prevention...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R and DVD+R DL media, Had a hard time reaching its rated speeds when reading pressed CD's, Cannot set the book type of DVD+R or DVD+RW media, Slower than other drives when writing to CD-R and CD-RW media, Problems recognizing discs larger than 90 minutes, Higher than average seek times
Conclusion: So the standards are set high with this one. 24X DVD burning is now possible and when you add it to burning quality that is above average, we can only say that the competitors have to work hard to beat Optiarc.