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
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.