Conclusion: Over the years, we've had a number of Sony's DVD writers in the 'Labs. Traditionally, these drives have gotten top marks for their features, performance and consumer friendliness and the DRU-840A is no exception. Based on the Samsung SH-S202H, Sony's new "Super-Multi" drive offers a healthy dose of features and some of the fastest DVD reading and writing speeds available.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 20x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 12x, Reads and writes DVD-RAM media at 12x, 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, Good selection of writing and rewriting speeds, Low seek times, Features Sony's Power-Burn technology, Supports bitsetting for DVD+R/RW ...
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, Slower than other drives when writing to CD-R and CD-RW media
Summary: The Sony BWU-830A is a high-performance internal DVD/CD rewritable burner that offers the latest speeds, interchangeable faceplates and a full complement of software. Unfortunately it's on the expensive side for an IDE drive.
Pros: Fast task speeds., Interchangeable faceplates for different color systems.
Cons: A bit finicky with different brands of media., Pricey for an internal drive.