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QPS Que! Fire External CD-RW 16x10x40 Review - PAGE 1

- Thursday, April 26th, 2001 Like Share






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justaguest Oct 20, 03
I too have considered pulling my CDRW out my Que! and dropping in a DVDRW but I have found no online sources for info. I might just destroy it in the process.. No matter they go for peanuts on ebay anyway... I'll report back my results...
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davidhdd Aug 25, 03
I have a 12* version of this. It has worked great for me.

Here is a question - how hard would it be for me to take mine to bits and put a DVD burner in the existing case?

Anyone taken theirs to bits?
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dgrant Oct 21, 01
This drive connects to your computer via Firewire. Since G4s have Firewire built-in, you don't have to worry about the Firewire card.
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calinka Oct 21, 01
When I ran the price comparison, the lowest price found ($199) came with the caveat "No controller card". Is this a problem? I use a Mac G4 single processor. Should I hold out for one that actually comes with a controller card? Can you tell that I've never bought a CD-RW before?

Thanks.
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Dosey Oct 3, 01
I'm having an 2 issues with my laptop and the Que! Fire CDRW. 1. It seems to burn a CD but when I go to close the session, it locks up. 2. All of a sudden windows error message pops up and tells me that I have illegally disconnected my drive (when I hadn't touched it or bumped it).

I've tried reloading newest drivers for CDRW, OS, PCMCIA card and nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?
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mooseb01 Oct 2, 01
Their customer service sucks....

I have had the Que!Fire for about 5 months. The first few months it has been working like a charm.

Then on the fifth month I started having problems.
1-it doesn't recognize that i am placing a recordable CD.
2-I get errors while recording and it ruins the CD.
3-Customer service...

The customer service took me about 2 weeks to get in touch with. I have sent many emails with no reply. I have called and left on hold for hours.
and today I have finally gotten through. They tell me that that I have to send them the CDRW to them and they have to test it before they send me a new one. Not only that they said that I have to pay for shipping. I think this is insane. Not only did I buy the product for $399.99 and get a 1 year warrenty, now they want me to pay for shipping?

The Que!Fire 16x10x40x Is a great drive but only until something goes wrong.
I do not recommend this product.
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snn47 May 26, 01
Since the performance of the IDE drives are known it would be important to test the interface-performance and describe them in detail, because with a different interface in the case performance can differ drastically.

There are different version of Interfaces/-chips available from different firms (TI, Lucent ...) and to what I've read as a remark different generation, but could not get detailed info which ones are newer.

In HKG and SIN I saw empty IEEE1394 cases for support of IDE-drives made in Taiwan and even Snazzi and Maxtor offer them now.

IMHO the focus should be on the IDE-IEEE1394 interface using a fast HDD reference drive for comparison on the interface to verify its performance, do the same for the actual drive on a 100 controller and then compare it as a set otherwise the review is just a snapshot that may not be reproduceable.

Sony Vaio ILink, Maxtor ext. 80GB HDD with IEEE1394.
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CID May 5, 01
Hello everyone,

I read the article and as I'm on the verge of bying a new system probably w/ an external CR-RW drive 'cos I'll have a lot of fun stuff in the case aleady. The acrticle caught my attention 'cos I was kinda goin' for Plextor's own external 12x10x32-S. Now, I know it's not as fast as the Que! but 'ahelofalot cuter!'(at least that's my opinion)
and it has an UltraSCSI Plug&Play interface. How does this drive compare to an (hypothetical or not) external "12x10x32" FireWire drive?

Thanks for your replies!!!
CID
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Entity May 4, 01
Hi all,

We've added a Page 4 to the article to display Daryl's Benchmark update which he tested the drive on both the Aten & Belkin Firewire cards he had on hand. He addresses the difference between the internal Plextor & the External QPS drive, now that the systems were the same. Have a look at the results:

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/quefire161040/4.html

Edited for change in URL

This message was edited by Entity on May 04 2001.
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IanCDRLabs Apr 30, 01
I agree. When I took a look at this drive the bridge had a very high overhead when doing DAE. The Plex it's based on did DAE at 40x.. the Que had a maximum of 27x.

QPS said it was the bridge.. I'm hoping future versions of the drive have a bridge that doesn't inhibit DAE.
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Chris Apr 30, 01
A word or two about the firewire interface... it's not so much the difference between IDE and firewire - the Que drives (along with every other drive I can think of out there) aren't "firewire native" drives, but IDE drives with a firewire-to-IDE bridge. As the bridges get better (or, heavens forfend, someone make a firewire native drive!), speed should increase. There was a revision to the bridges being used in the Firewire hard drive cases in the last few weeks, and it made a pretty big difference. It would be interesting to see what the revised bridge would do for a CD burner.

There's also quite a bit of variation between Firewire cards, so even though you don't usually have to include that in the specs, it might not be a bad idea for this type of review.
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philm Apr 26, 01
Just as a quick point on this one, the Duron 800 is currently out of order to to an unfortunate die-cracking incident; when we get a new Duron in we can get the new numbers. I'm curious as to how much the faster CPU will affect scores on this one, though.

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dgrant Apr 26, 01
Thanks for your comments Ian, they are definitely founded. When I wrote the review I was concious of the fact that the two test systems were different and only let it pass because the configurations were very similar.

Just so it is clear, the "Windows 95 SE" for the Plextor test system is actually Win98SE, that is a typo. The two significant differences are of course the mobo and CPU. I was fairly certain that the test scores would be little affected by these differences, although in the name of true empirical results these differences mean everything.

To dispose of the idea that I was trying to mislead anyone, this is certainly not the case. If it were, I would have fudged the system configs to hide any discrepancies.

As I don't like leaving loose ends untied, I will rescore the drive on the same system the Plextor drive was tested on and will post the results for everyone to see.

I appreciate your watchful eye, Ian, and I will be sure to keep test data more pure from here on out.

This message was edited by dgrant on Apr 26 2001.
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IanCDRLabs Apr 26, 01
Please don't take what I said that I was accusing you of misleading the reader. I know you weren't. The data was a little misleading but I know that was not anyones intent.
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