Conclusion: Over the past year or so, we've taken a look at a number of Sony's DVD writers. While these drives offered a good mix of performance and features, things like writing quality prevented them from getting top marks in our reviews. Needless to say, this wasn't the case with their new 16x DVD±RW. Based on the award winning BenQ DW1640, the DRU-810A is one of Sony's best drives to date. Like its BenQ counterpart, the DRU-810A can write to both DVD+R and DVD-R media at 16x.
Pros: Writes to DVD±R media at 16x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL media at 8x, Writes to DVD-R DL media at 4x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 12x, Features 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW writing speeds, Very good transfer speeds with all types of CD media, Excellent DAE speeds, Good CD writing quality, Features Sony's Power-Burn technology, Supports 99 minute media, Good se...
Cons: Cannot write to 8x DVD±R media at 16x, Lacks the advanced features found on the BenQ DW1640, Doesn't support the Mt. Rainier format, Has a 2048KB buffer
Excerpt: The Sony DRU-810A is the company’s follow-up to their first Dual Layer DVD writer, the DRU-800A. As you can imagine, not a whole lot has changed between the two models. You get updated software, faster read/write times and hopefully better media compatibility. The DRU-810A can be found from various manufacturers for around $100 dollars. The Sony DRU-810A comes with a software package provided by Nero and two faceplates, one in gray and another in black.
Pros: Fast DVD R DL write times; excellent software package; reliable
Cons: Average write times for non DVD R DL media formats; missing the IDE cable
Conclusion: Being a global brand and particularly one with a long history in optical storage dating back to the golden era of CDs, it's easy to see why Sony has always been a brand to look up to as far as optical storage is concerned. This is all the more so when Sony is also one of the front-runners of industrial design, and more intimately pertinent happens to be the alpha company leading the worldwide push for the Blu-ray standard.
Excerpt: We're used to seeing lots of OEM drives here at PC Advisor. These are the ones that come without software, installation kits, instructions and so on. So the Sony DRU-810A, which comes in a full retail package, makes a nice change – and will come as a relief to those of you not previously well-acquainted with the world of DVD writers.
Excerpt: Le DRU-810A de Sony fait à la fois office de graveur de DVD double couche ainsi que de lecteur de CD et de DVD-Rom. Comparé aux autres modèles de sa catégorie, ce périphérique optique interne voit sa cadence doublée lors de l’écriture de données sur DVD double couche de type DVD+R DL. Les DVD double couche, d’une capacité de 8,1 Go, constituent le support idéal pour copier des DVD Vidéo.