If you have an absolute need for speed, the CD-R Super Recorder 8x20 from Imation breaks the 4X write barrier with 8X capability. Its internal SCSI interface one-ups the slower EIDE connections of the other drives in this column. What you don't get is rewritable CDs. It's a matter of taste. The extensive software bundle includes Adaptec Easy CD Creator, Direct CD, CD Copier Deluxe, Plextor CD Res-Q and Sonic Foundry Sound Forge XP. Certified 8X CD-R disks ($2 each) are recommended to take full advantage of the fast writing speed.
Model: CD-R Super Recorder 8x20
Street price: $250
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