Bij K-Bench is een roundup gepost waarin zeer uitgebreid de performance van 5 verschillende 8x IDE CD-RW drives werd onderzocht, te weten de Plextor 8/4/32, HP 9100i, Acer CRW 8432A, LG CED-8080B en de Yamaha CRW8424E. De Editor's Choice ging ditmaal naar de Hewlett Packard HP 9100i:
A prospective buyer should pay the most attention to the writing/rewriting category and the supporting software category. Most users install an additional CD-ROM drive for CD-to-CD copy; therefore, the reading performance should be regarded as an additional feature for the stable recording.
Cendyne's forte is in the temperature category; however, it scored low points for the reading performance and designs and such.
Kasan features a large buffer size and low price; however, in the noise and vibration category, it somewhat faltered behind.
Yamaha was satisfactory in the price and writing performance categories; however, it has more vibration problem than other contestants.
LG drive was not supported by the Win On CD and the buffer is only 2MB. The price is also more expensive than other drives; therefore, in the price/performance ratio department, it is way behind of the other products.
The HP product scored high points in several categories evenly and didnt have any way-behind-the-others category and is selected as the best choice.