by Chip Parker
The wonderful world of
computers is not complete unless you personally own a CD-RW drive
for all your personal and financial needs. Ricoh, an excellent
company with excellent merchandise, has come up with a grand slam,
home run, sheik CD-RW of their own. The model RW7060A, by Ricoh is
a gem for all to see. Did it create miracles? No, it was the
The installation of this great machine was a hassle for me. I own
a Packard Bell, which are hard to service due to the lack of space
inside. Due to my computer, I am not going to lower the score on
installation, because I can do it on my friends computer easily.
You install it like any other drive you have. Read the nicely
crafted manual and directions and you should have it installed in
a matter of 5-10 minutes with its Atapi/IDE interface.
The software sent with the Ricoh drive was extremely important to
the process of writing the CDs, such as the WinOnCD program made
by CeQuadrat. They are good programs with great interface. They
had easy instructions along with wizards to help you through the
process. CeQuadrat allowed Ricoh to ship with their drives, 3
major important programs for writing CDs. These programs proceed
as the following:
This allows you to write on CDs like floppy disks. This is very
handy if you want to store some program files, or back up your
hardrive. This is an easy way to transfer your info from one
source to another, and if you just want to clean up your hardrive.
This is a great program for those who are just starting to
re-write CDs. It has a wizard that allows you to chose what kind
of CD you are going to make, whether it is a music CD, data CD,
game CD, and etc. I recommend this program to anyone, including
people who have been re-writing CDs for a while. This is a good
program, and Ricoh knows that they are doing, when they give
things like this to help you have the best experience and best
quality you can get.
This is a program strictly made to make music CDs. If that is the
kind of CD, you are going to make, then this is the program that
you want to use. It has a very easy interface. It allows you to
make CD labels and CD covers within minutes.
Along with these great programs supplied by CeQuadrat, Graphic
Corp also supplied Ricoh with some software. These programs were
mainly to make CD labels for your CD itself as well as booklets
and the backs of CDs. To be quite honest with you, I only used
this to make the CD label for the CD itself. I used Adobe
Photoshop to make the booklet. This is a good program for what is
was designed for.
Adding to the fast collection of software sent with the CD-RW is a
backup program by Seagate. It is called "Backup Exec."
It backs up your work to ensure that you get the best quality when
you write your CDs. I did not use this much at all, but it is
needed non-the least.
Now for the performance of this monster, what can I say? It worked
each time! It wrote to each CD without a flaw, unless the data I
was writing had a flaw. I saw nothing wrong with the drive itself.
It worked pure miracles and everything to a "T". I even
tried this CD-RW with 5 different kinds of CD-R CDs. I tried the
Kodak kind, no flaws. I tried the FujiFilm CDs, no flaws. I tried
the Maxwell CDs, no flaws. Ricoh sent me Ricoh CDs, no flaws on
them either. I also tried regular CDs with no labels, the cheap
kind, and again, no flaws. I give this thing a perfect 10 on
If I needed to do something on my computer, I would set the
writing speed at 2. Then I could work on my computer knowing the
CD will still turn out to be perfect with no under buffer run or
anything like that. If I didn't have anything to do, then I would
have the writing speed at the highest it could go, at 4. It would
take approximately 20-25 minutes per CD at the speed of 4.
Time to pull out the nitty gritty and tell everyone about the
price of this Ricoh bad boy. This Ricoh wonder machine is only
$249. This is not shabby at all for the amount of perfection that
was put into this CD-RW. It is well worth the money. I would dish
out $300 dollars for a machine that works this good. There are
companies that want you to pay $300 or more on a CD-RW similar to
Ricoh's. Still they cannot come close to their price or quality.
Leave it to me to determine good and bad. I have had my share of
terrible re-writeable drives and PC related hardware. This has to
be the best thing my hands have touched in the entire PC world. I
would much rather have this than any other gadget available on the
market. Well besides a new computer considering I am playing with
a P1, 233Mhz 3.2GB computer. Ricoh amazed me again with this
CD-RW. I recommend this to all my friends, and everyone. This
CD-RW, by Ricoh, is truly "award winning."
Type: Internal Type
Interface: Enhanced IDE (Atapi)
Writing Speed: [1x, 2x, 4x, 6x (CD-R)] [1x, 2x, 4x (CD-RW)]
Reading Speed: 24x Max/Cav
Buffer Memory: 2MB
Power Consumption: Less then 12W
Installation: Horizontal / Vertical
Dust Environment: Less than class 3 Million
IBM PC/AT Compatible
Pentium 166Mhz or better processor 32MB RAM or greater.
(More than 64MB RAM recommended for Windows NT)
Hard Disk: Average access time less then 19msec. Transfer
rate 1,200 kb/sec or higher. Available disk space 75MB or
Open 5 ¼ half-height mass storage bay.
Open +12V/+5V power supply connector.