ASUS has released the new ASUS External Slim SDRW-08D1S-U optical drive. A user-friendly software interface allows for easy disc burning, allowing users to simply drag and drop data in to the thumbnail layout when writing documents and media onto a new disc. Drawing power from the computer and harnessing USB 2.0 transmission speeds, data transfers are swift with minimal power consumption. Utilising power from the USB port of a PC means the SDRW-08D1S-U does not require an additional power adapter, demonstrating its portability.

The SDRW-08D1S-U also offers enhanced data protection with Disc Encryption technology, allowing users to password-protect an entire disc or partical contents with 128-bit encryption. Furthermore, connection performance between the USB cable and optical drive is increased with the SDRW-08D1S-U integrated Turbo Engine component. Traditionally, computer’s bandwidth slows down conventional optical disc drives while reading or writing data. With Turbo Engine, the SDRW-08D1S-U is able to read and write data at the highest speed.

Price and availability

The ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U will be available in Australia and New Zealand from March 2009 at selected computer resellers, at an RRP of $149.

Specifications

Write speed:

  • DVD+(SL) 8X (CAV)
  • DVD-RW 6X (ZCLV)
  • DVD+RW 8X (ZCLV)
  • DVD+R (DL) 6X (ZCLV)
  • CD-R 24X (ZCLV)
  • CD-RW 16X (ZCLV)
  • DVD-RAM 5X max.

Read speed:

  • DVD-ROM (SL)(DL) 8X max. (CAV)
  • DVD+R/RW 8X max. (CAV)
  • DVD+R(DL) 6X max. (CAV)
  • CD-ROM/R/RW 24X max. (CAV)
  • DVD-RAM 5X max.

Access Time(1/3 Stroke): DVD: 160 ms and CD: 140 ms

Writing mode:

  • DVD-R: DAO, Incremental Recording
  • DVD-RW: Restricted Overwriting, DAO, Incremental Recording
  • DVD+R: Sequential Recording
  • DVD+RW: Random Write
  • CD-R/RW: DAO, TAO, SAO, Packet Write
  • DVD-RAM: Random Write

Operating system compatibility: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista

Interface: USB 2.0

Data buffer: 2 MB

Bundled software: CyberLink

Disc formats:

  • Write: DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM
  • Read: DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, Photo CD, CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM

Disc diameters: 12 cm and 8 cm

Colour: Black or white