Conclusion: Sony Optiarc drives have quite a following among enthusiasts and after having the AD-7260S in our 'Labs, it's easy to see why. While affordably priced, this new "Super-Multi" drive offers a healthy dose of features as well as some of the fastest DVD writing speeds available. The AD-7260S performed very well when writing to DVD+R and DVD-R media at 24x. At this speed, it took the drive a little more than 4 minutes to write an entire 4.7GB DVD.
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 DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW media, Problems recognizing discs larger than 90 minutes, Higher than average seek times
Conclusion: Prices for DVD burners are very low and the the Optiarc AD-7260S retails for less than $25 (bulk version). Despite its low price, the drive packs great technology and has been optimized to offer exactly what it is supposed to. As such, it is a highly recommended DVD burner for everyone.
Pros: Super-all-write DVD/CD burner, Fast CD/DVD reader, Fast CD/DVD burner, Supports Book Type, Great CD and DVD writing quality, Overburns DVDs, Compatible with CD/DVD scanning software
Cons: Average reading performance with defected CD-R and DVDs