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Review: Addonics DVD DigiCopier
Posted Mar 1, 2003 Print Version     Page 1of 1
  

For someone who works as much as I do, I do a pretty good job of not taking my job to bed at night. But if I did, I'd probably dream of something a bit like the Addonics DVD DigiCopier. In fact, we've been trying to get a machine like this in the office for some time. I've always been a sucker for fast one-to-one CD duplicators like the Condre unit described earlier, and watched them evolve through three presidential administrations (Clinton I and II and Bush II) and several speed jumps (2X, 4X, 8X… and finally the 48X we enjoy today). But Addonics is the first company to send us a one-button DVD duper, and as simple as its gifts may seem, they're a marvel to behold.

Using a 16X Lite-ON DVD-ROM and the Pioneer A05U drive also reviewed here, the DVD DigiCopier delivers exactly what it promises as a standalone duplicator: 4X DVD-R, which means 15 minutes for a full 4.4GB disc; 2X DVD-RW, if that suits your fancy; and respectable-but-not-world-beating 16X CD-R, which works out to about five minutes for a full 80-minute CD-R. And all you have to do is plug it in, set the DIP switch for 0 (copy, factory default) and the toggle switch to Duplicator, punch power on, insert your discs, and you're off and running. And technically, if you're already powered on and the switches are where they should be, this is really a no-touch duplicator, since it starts burning as soon as the discs are in place.

We tested the DVD DigiCopier on 10 DVD discs in rapid-fire succession, all of which it burned at 4X (15 minutes for the full source disc and 12 minutes for the 3.2GB source disc) without a hitch. We also tested it with full CD-R audio discs, again with great success.

The DIP switch on the back adds versatility to the DigiCopier as a standalone unit; additional options include test, test & copy, verify, compare, erase, and update firmware. A second DIP switch allows you to choose whether you want a buzzer to sound when a disc is done.

Addonics also touts the DigiCopier ($699) as an external CD/DVD recorder and DVD player (via the recorder, not the ROM drive, which is disabled when you switch to External mode), and ships it with either a FireWire or USB 2 cable (both configured at one end to fit the 18-pin port on the back of the machine) and Mac or PC software. Ours shipped with both varieties of cable and a PC software bundle including Ahead's Nero Express for recording and CyberLink's PowerDVD for DVD playback. Unfortunately, we can't recommend the DigiCopier as an external recorder because we couldn't get any of our in-house machines (a Sony VAIO PC running Windows XP and a Mac G4 running Jaguar) to recognize it, either with USB or FireWire.

www.addonics.com

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