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NEC ND-7170

£21 inc VAT

Manufacturer: NEC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

There's little not to love about the NEC ND-7170. It's well priced, stable and extremely fast.

The middle of 2006 saw DVD drive makers rushing to bring their models up to scratch, pushing up double-layer speeds in the process. Now it seems there isn't much further for DVD drives to go.

Following on from Sony's AW-G170A comes this similar unit from NEC. They're similar for a reason: the ND-7170 marks a collaboration between the two companies.

The Sony is a formidable drive. DVD-R/+R facilities have both been bumped up to 18-speed, while the -RW/+RW speeds are six- and eight-speed respectively. It's also nice to see DVD-RAM included – it may not be the fastest format (it's rated here as 12-speed, which doesn't really reflect how much slower it is than competing plus and minus standards), but it is the most user-friendly.

Double-layer writing is a usable but still slightly laggardly eight-speed. This is fast enough for most tasks – with the NEC needing less than 15 minutes to copy a disc – but 12-speed is surely around the corner.

In terms of raw performance, there's virtually nothing between this drive and the Sony. Both are extremely fast - indeed, as quick as any non-Plextor drive we've seen.

The ND-7170 doesn't have any special features, but an enhanced version, the AD-7173, adds LightScribe. This shouldn't add more than a pound or two to the price, so it's worth getting – even if you only want to print a picture on to a disc now and again.

NEC ND-7170 Expert Verdict »
18x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 48x/48x/32x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
EIDE interface
max DVD storage capacity 8.5GB
drive buffer 2MB
average access time (DVD) 160ms
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

There's little not to love about the NEC ND-7170. It's well priced, stable and extremely fast. It's a bit of a toss-up between this and the Sony, both are excellent drives that'll keep you more than up to date with the latest in DVD speeds.

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