De mannen van 3DHardware hebben een review geschreven van de AOpen 952E 52X IDE CD-ROM speler. De reviewer kwam tot de conclusie dat je voor het geld een zeer snelle en redelijke stille drive in huis haalt:
The test results are a bit debatable, for instance the estimated track speed is well above the speed of the fastest existing hard disk drives, and is in other words simply incorrect. Anyway, the 33X Sandra detected as the average speed of the drive show that the drive is very potent, with low average access times.
If youíre wondering to what this translates in real life, I can tell you that the 952E wonít disappoint you, no matter what you like to use your CD-ROM drive for. As we all know, these very high speed drives arenít really essential, even if youíre playing games that use CD-ROMs. Most of them copy all the game data to the hard disk to reduce access times, so the only occasions when youíre really going to utilize the speed will be during installations (the Windows 98 installation should run around 3X faster on this drive than on a 10X drive), when the drive is doing something called a sequential read. Then again, itís also that much less annoying to browse CD-ROMs with this drive, as it reacts almost as fast as an old hard disk.