Het volk van Technoyard heeft de 12X DVD Drive van Afreey op hun testbank gehad en er een review over geschreven. De drive wordt geconnect via de ATAPI/E-IDE interface en heeft support voor DMA MODE2, ULTRA DMA33 & PIO MODE 4. Volgens de specs is de data transfer rate bij DVD 16200KB/sec met een access time van 95ms en bij de CD 4800KB/sec met een access time van 90ms. Positief aan de drive is dat 'ie makkelijk regio vrij kan worden gemaakt. Voor 85 dollar (bijna 200 gulden) kun je dit apparaatje in je bezit krijgen:
Well coming down to the final question, "Is it worth investing on?" If I were a bargain hunter then most definitely I would opt for this drive. Think about it, you get performance almost equal to the Pioneer 16X drive and still save around $30.
Watching movies in your PC is nothing new, and to be honest I really am no ardent fan of watching movies in my PC. However provided you have a 19" or 21" monitor then it's a different story. Nevertheless it's truly amazing to see the contrast in clarity between a DVD and a VCD. The clarity of DVDs in general is simply incomparable to anything else right now in the market. Make sure you have a good speaker system with surround sound, preferably a 5-piece speaker system. Then add-in one of those lovely decoders we reviewed recently and you have one heck of a home theatre system. The only thing lacking now is the popcorn and a couch. Remember to buy a MPEG II decoder card as well if you plan on watching DVD movies, or else it won't work. (Like you didn't already know that). We used the ATI All In Wonder 128 video card in this system, which has a built in MPEG II decoder chip in it. I know this card is pretty old; however the image quality it produces is fantastic.
So as a final comment if you're currently looking for a DVD drive with really good performance yet at an bargain price, then Afreey's 12X DVD drive is as good as it gets. A sure recommendation from all of us down here at Technoyard.