10X CDRW Shootout: Sony Spressa Vs. HP 9310i - PAGE 1

- Thursday, September 14th, 2000 Like Share






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Jordan Ilchev Sep 14, 00
Did you know that HP only package&lable CD-RW Drives and did'n realy produce any drive it has a OEM vendor and in fact it is [b]SONY</>
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Redemption Sep 14, 00
But would that mean that the Sony and the HP drive reviewed here are exact replicas? Maybe not.

(actually a few other companies do the same, such as LaCie, and a few others that I can't quite recall right now).
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Tim Sep 14, 00
The ABCD packet writer from Sony does not suppor Win NT.
I think Direct-DC bundled with HP does.
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Samson Sep 14, 00
The HP drives may be made by Sony, but it is probable that the two drives are different hardware/firmware. Even between video cards using the same reference design and same chipset you have performance variations, why not between two CD-RW drives with possibly different hardware configurations?
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ET Sep 15, 00
I think this comparsion is only testing the firmware, and the software bundles.... I went to read this article because I was wondering who in the world would compare 2 exact same drive.. Did the author know that they are the same drive?
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rharris Sep 15, 00
Yes -we realize they are the same drive. Well almost identical! The logic boards on both drives have the same numbers written in the same place. Those numbers are MA-S11 1-677-954-31 Made in Japan. All the jumpers and audio connectors are also in the same places.

However -

The HP drive is revision BA manufactured Febuary 2000
The Sony Spress is revision BB manufactured May 2000

The faceplates are obviously different -as you can see from the pictures submitted, so the HP drive is clearly a remarked Sony. But the real issue here, as stated in the review -was software offered with each drives and how it can help improve reliablity and speed, plus the price of each CD-RW drive package.
Hope that clears up any questions - Rich
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J. Friedman Sep 16, 00
If the drives are completely identical, why bother to sell them as different at all?

If there is no point in comparing the products, then there is no point in marketing the two as separate products. I think it important that the author found differences in performance, because that ultimately means that the firmware revisions did make a difference. The only question, is whether the drives will stay like that (ie their relative firmware dates).
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J Cooper Sep 16, 00
What about testing Plextor and TDK's 12x10x32 RW Drives?
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hullfan Sep 16, 00
yeah, i also think this roundup should've included more drives, you should've tested Yamaha's, Plextor's, TDK's and Ricoh's offerings also at the very least.
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Redemption Sep 16, 00
This is more of a two way shootout than a round up

I didn't handle getting the products for this one, but I think the point is that we're doing a 3-4 product 12X CD-RW roundup sometime in the next month, so this one was more of a mini shootout.
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Joseph M. Clemente Sep 16, 00
Yes, Sony has long produced drives for HP. I will never buy another HP drive again, simply because the HP firmware updates were always behind MONTHS after Sony released theirs. I needed those updates to correct problems I was experiencing, drooling over Sony's firmware which listed the fixes for what I was experiencing plus more. I sold my ugly grey HP and bought a retail Ricoh.

I think hardware reviews should always indicate when an item is really just a rebadged product. Ever since my own HP/Sony experience, I stay away from rebadged hardware with extreme prejudice.
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hxtr Sep 17, 00
Kind of pathetic if you ask me. The Plextor 12x was the first, and fastest drive out and these lame 10x are sporting reviews as the fastest drive. The Plextor is the best burner on the home market. Sounds like someone was paid to do this review to shadow the fact they are out dated, and lack the technology the TDX and Plextor have implemented. Just my two cents worth.
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Samson Sep 17, 00
hxter:

Weird. PCWorld and other magazines also reviewed 10X drives even while 12X are out. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that people can't always afford the best and newest toys? hmmm.

On the other hand. I hope the guys here review those 12X drives soon. 10X is not exactly cutting edge.
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Questar Sep 18, 00
Reviewing the same drive from two different vendors is lame. A waste of time.

Go ahead and review the software and call it a software review - not a drive review.

Who uses the bundled software anyway? Most people buy OEM drives and use different software.
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