Formac 24x CDRW full review
The thing that upset the apple cart was Apple being “helpful”, and adding CD burners and burning software to the latest Macs. This was a wonderful gesture, but while it made ripping off music CDs simple from iTunes, it broke Toast. It’s nice to have CD-burning capabilities built-in to the operating system, but Toast is a far-superior product, and Apple’s meddling has now made it difficult to use. The 24x CD-RW ships with the OEM version of Toast Lite 5.0.1. If you want an easy life, under no circumstances install the Apple-burner software, because it won’t co-exist with Toast. If you tread carefully, Toast will work right away, but it’s a minefield. A USB connection isn’t up to the job of 24x burning; this requires FireWire. FireWire also makes it easy to connect compared with other high-speed peripheral connections, such as SCSI, which requires an address and termination. Speed is the main reason for spending this much money on a CD burner. You can get cheaper burners, but you’ll be able to fill a CD in half the time it takes with a 12-speed drive. This brings the actual burning speed down to a little over three minutes for a full 650MB CD. Of course, the burning time doesn’t include finishing time or verification, but it’s still pretty impressive. Another thing worth remembering is that if you’re using a CD-RW as a floppy file-sharing replacement, then most of the time the CD won’t be full. For many of the discs burned, you’ll spend more time unwrapping the CD than writing it. If you’re a fan of the way Apple is now supporting CD-RW drives within the operating software, you’ll be disappointed with this model. Currently, it isn’t supported by Apple’s Disc Burner or iTunes recording-software. Future updates may fix this – it really depends on how far Apple will take its bid for the CD-burning software market.