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Hewlett-Packard 8100i SureStore CD-Writer Plus
Last updated: 07/29/03

8100i.jpg (2294 bytes)The Hewlett-Packard 8100i SureStore CD-Writer Plus drive is my current choice for an internal CD burner.  It reads at 24X (max), writes to CD's at 4X, and writes to rewritable CD's at 2X.  You can make/copy digital and audio CD's, and backup your hard disk to rewritable CD's.

FIRST IMPRESSION.  The quality of 8100i is accented by its sculptured blue and gray front.  It looks better than any CD-ROM I've seen.  The eject button even looks better.

ITEMS INCLUDED.  The drive comes with almost everything, including an IDE cable and mounting screws.  Add an audio cable, a rewritable CD, a write-once CD, quick- install instructions (for "dummies"), a generous collection of software, a box which will survive a shipper with a hangover, and you have package which beats most, if not all, of the CD-ROM drives, for example, on the market--to many of which are sold without even an audio cable.

MANUAL. The User's Guide  is in pdf format and installs on your hard disk from CD.  The CD includes a copy of Adobe's Acrobat Reader (needed for reading pdf files) for those who don't have it.  Because the entire manual is copied to your hard disk, you don't need the CD to read it.  This makes it handy and quite fast--faster, to me at least, than hunting for and digging through a paper manual.  The manual is very complete, well organized, clearly-written, and extensively illustrated.

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