Conclusion: So you have last years Dual Layer DVD writer and you are wondering if you should upgrade to the Sony DRU-810A. If you write to a lot of DVD+R DL media and write times are crucial – then yes, you should upgrade. Otherwise, save your money for one of the next-generation LightScribe or Blu-Ray DVD writers. The Sony DRU-810A is a solid DVD writer. Sony throws in a nice software package and we found the drive to be fast and reliable.
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
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.