Those who watch the DVD writers market will have seen DVD-R/+R speeds moving gradually upwards. Recent months have seen DVD writers climbing to 18-speed and, in the case of Lite-On's LH-20A1P, 20-speed. But how important is DVD-R/+R recording? After all, 16-speed was already pretty fast. Wouldn't we be better focusing on the 8.5GB double-layer DVD-R DL and +R DL formats, where the eight-speed performance of typical drives leaves a great deal to be desired? Pioneer has the perfect answer to those torn by such a dilemma, for the DVR-112 gives you the best of both worlds.
As with the likes of the NEC ND-7170 and the Sony AW-G170A, the Pioneer offers 18-speed recording as standard - but, in real-world tests, it finished recording in a faster time. Should your interests lie more in DL (dual-layer) recording then the Pioneer can satisfy your needs here too, boasting 10-speed in both the DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL formats. And, once again, it finished the tests more quickly than any other drive we've seen so far.
Progress hasn't been made in every area. The rewriteable DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats are stuck on the distinctly sluggish six-speed and eight-speed offered by just about every drive on the market. DVD-RAM hasn't budged from 12-speed either, although this is already pretty much as good as it gets for the user-friendly but slightly old-hat format.
Considering what a superbly specified drive this is, it's a shame that you can't buy a version with LightScribe. And, as with most of these drives, no software is provided as standard; you may need to pick up a copy of Ahead Nero when you go to purchase the drive.