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Benq 6406EU
from the former Acer Peripherals group
by Rick Smith (December 24, 2001)


 

If you have a laptop or desktop PC that doesn't have an extra bay to install a CD recorder, one good solution is to use a USB drive. Benq's latest USB recorder is the 6406EU. (Benq is the new name for the peripheral division of Acer.)

While a 6x write speed is not as fast as internal CD recorders, the 6406EU is one of the fastest USB 1.1 drives available. Other features of this drive are:

  • Two megabyte recording buffer
  • Measures approximately 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Weighs under 3 pounds (1.3 Kg)
  • Internal Flash memory upgradeable
  • 4x CD-R/W speed
  • 6x read speed
  • reads and writes standard (120 mm) and small (80 mm) CD media

    In addition to the 3.5 mm analog headphone output, the front panel features a:

  • Load/eject button
  • Audio play/skip button
  • Thumbwheel volume control
  • Reading in Progress LED
  • Writing in Progress LED

    The power supply connector, USB connector and power switch are in the rear of the unit. The power LED is on the left side. An external power adapter is included. This drive retails for under $200.

    This drive is compatible with Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows Me. (Separate CD burning software is required for Mac OS 8 or 9.) In addition to a USB port, system requirements are a Pentium 166 MHz or higher with 32 MB system RAM and 50 MB free HD space for installing software. 750 MB of free hard drive space is needed for duplicating a CD using the hard drive for intermediate storage. CD audio files require 10 megabytes for each minute of recorded music.

    Copyright 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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