Bij C|NET hebben ze een round-up gepost van 4 DVD-Ram drives, zijnde de Hitachi GF-1050, de Panasonic LF-D103U, de externe Pinnacle Micro Flex Cinema en de Toshiba SD-W1111. De Hitachi blijkt het beste van het stel.
Flying from the Windows desktop, the Hitachi felt just like another removable media volume. Pop in a media cartridge (one is included); if it's formatted, the volume is instantly available for use. Like other drives of this type, the Hitachi DVD-RAM should be equally comfortable reading nearly any other type of optical media, from CD-ROM to audio CD to CD-RW to DVD-ROM.
At $600 and with a double-sided DVD-RAM cartridge included (roughly 2.3GB per side, formatted), the Hitachi requires a larger up-front investment than other archival formats. Also, it's not truly fast enough for hard-core shuffling of large multimedia files. Although the GF-1050 can read a wide range of formats, you can write only DVD-RAM discs--you can't burn CD-ROMs or audio CDs. Finally, if you want to hand off your data, your intended recipient needs a DVD-RAM drive in order to read the disc. Even with these caveats, the Hitachi drive is an attractive option for large-capacity, long-term storage.