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Vivastar RS-121
Futuristic-styled DVD recorder
by Rick Smith (November 28, 2001)


While CD recordable drives are becoming quite common, DVD recordable drives are only just starting to become more mainstream. Earlier this year, we reported that DVD recordable drives broke the $1000 price barrier at NAB 2001. Vivastar has created a wild, futuristic "spaceship-looking" design that retails for $699.

This new drive, the Vivastar RS-121, goes on sale in early 2002. It records onto 4.7 GB DVD-R media, as well as conventional CD-R and CD-RW media, much like the Pioneer DVR-A03 drive also shown at NAB 2001. If your needs run to a tamer, internal DVD recorder, the Vivastar model RS-111 is available.

Key features of both the Vivastar RS-121 and RS-111 is that they both:

  • Conform to DVD Forum standards
  • Burn DVD-R discs at either 1X and 2X speeds
  • Have a maximum read rate of 4X
  • Feature both disc-at-once and incremental write

    Since each DVD is capable of recording 120 minutes of high-quality video, DVD media makes a good choice for recording movies, as well as 4.7 gigabytes of audio, video, graphics, text or other digital data.

    Switzerland-based Vivastar is Europe's only DVD-media producer and the world's only company to develop, produce and integrate the hardware, software and media completely in-house. Both the RS-121 and RS-111 contain patented chips and lasers designed and manufactured by Vivastar.

    Copyright 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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