The Philips SPD2514T that we review is already use firmware ver. P1.1 (the latest version). To eaze the firmware update, we can use the Philips Inteligent Agent. This software will automaticaly detect the installed firmware and give us a recomendation if there is an update. Unfortunately, this software is not bundled along with the product, so we have to download it from the Philips Official Website.
Alright, here's the test.
When we use a 52x max writing CD-R, the Philips SPD2514T only shows its maximum writing ability, which is 48x. But a great operation time was shown when we tried to write a DVD-R. And more outstanding result occur when we used an over-spec-able disc up to 20x, despite the disc itself only had 16x maximum writing. In that case, the 20x maximum writing that the product claim is true and worked very well.
On DVD-R DL, the writing speed was limited to 4x writing speed option, that because the disc speed is limited on 4x. The test was resulting an optimum performance. The result was also great when we used it as a reading media. The average maximum reading time was exceeded on all media.
What Philips SPD2514T offer is really interesting both on spesification and performance. The high speed writing ability become an important value and noteworthy, because according to our test it gave a maximum performance. Not to mention the competitive price.
PLUS: Great reading ability, optimum writing speed on DVD-/+R, competitive price, automatic firmware update.
MINUS: Un-informatif spesification, no lightscribe feature.
WRITING SPEED TEST RESULT (Nero Ver. 184.108.40.206):
|CD-R (690MB)||48x||3 minutes 7 seconds|
|DVD+R (4,25GB)||16x||5 minutes 36 econds|
|DVD-R DL (7,8GB)||4x||27 minutes 40 seconds|
READING TEST RESULT (NeroDiscSpeed 4):
User Friendly: 4
TOTAL SCORE: 4,1
Philips SPD2514T SPESIFICATIONS:
|Buffer size||2 MB|
|Operating Systems||Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista|
|Position||Horizontal and vertical|
|Dimension (lwh)||22,8x20,2x9,1 cm|
|Packing set||Manual, Software CD (Nero 7 Essential), screws|