Memorex was kind enough to provide us with a review sample of their external DVD writer, the Memorex 18X Multi Format External DVD Recorder. This drive supports 18x writing on DVD+R and DVD-R media, 8x writing on DVD+R9 Double Layer media, and 48x on CD-R media, DVD-RAM 12X. The external unit offers connectivity via USB 2.0 interface.
We found the following information on the Memorex website.
Since Memorex burst onto the recording scene more than 30 years ago with "Is it live or is it Memorex?" a lot has changed. But with each generation, Memorex continues to remain one of the most widely recognized and respected names in the consumer electronics industry. By bringing to market the high performance products consumers demand, today Memorex is a dominant brand in CD and DVD media, optical drives, flash drives and computer accessories. Memorex is the number one retail provider of digital media, currently shipping more than 750 million CD and DVD discs each year to stores nationwide - enough to carpet the entire state of New York!! For 2003, Memorex retained its position as the number one provider of digital media, outperforming all other brands of optical media. For the fourth consecutive year in the CD category and second consecutive year in DVDs, Memorex led its competitors in all digital media in both volume and sales. Catering to 21 of the top 25 U.S. retailers, Memorex products are available in more than 23,000 retail locations nationwide. Worldwide, Memorex sells nearly a billion optical discs annually in its major international markets, which include Europe and Canada.
From the recordable audio cassette that propelled the Memorex brand into market dominance in the early 1970s, to the industry's first inkjet printable CDs, to the high-speed and double-layer DVD discs of today, no other company has achieved as much success in the digital media marketplace as Memorex, truly symbolizing the meaning of its name - 'memory excellence".
To complement the enormous demand for media, Memorex has entered into new markets over the years - and succeeded. With high-speed performance, stylish looks and competitive prices, Memorex CD and DVD drives have been recognized as the industry's best. Memorex drives have been named Editor's Choice by PC Magazine, Editor's Pick and Best Buy by PC World, and have consistently been ranked among the top brands of DVD burners by countless other consumer and technology publications. For consumers looking to take important files, music, or digital photos on the go, the Memorex family of TravelDrivesTM offers sleek and stylish high performance storage in a device small enough to fit on a keychain. Currently available with 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB of capacity and featuring the slimmest profile among portable flash drives, Memorex TravelDrives are ideal for securely transferring digital files between home, school, the office, or even between Mac and PC.
Memorex also offers a complete line of media accessories, including CD and DVD labeling tools, storage cases and computer cleaning products. The Memorex brand continues to endure, serving as the ultimate benchmark for separating the 'wanna-be" from the real thing. Is it live or is it Memorex? You decide.
How It All Began
1961 Memorex is formed, delivering data backup tapes for the emerging computer industry.
1971 Memorex launches recordable audio cassettes and one of the most memorable campaigns in television history, the image of Ella Fitzgerald's recorded voice shattering a wine glass and the phrase, 'Is it live or is it Memorex?"
1979 The video library is born with the introduction of recordable VHS tape.
1996 Recordable CD-Rs open up a world of new possibilities where photos, music, data - anything digital - can be saved to a portable, reliable low-cost disc for the next 70 years.
1998 Memorex launches its branded optical drives (CD Recorders).
2000 Memorex emerges the market share leader in retail sales of optical media.
2001 Memorex delivers the Recordable Pocket CD-R, a disc only three inches in diameter, but boasting 185 MB of storage space.
2001 Memorex Recordable DVDs deliver consumers enough storage space to hold an entire set of encyclopedias in one hand.
2002 Memorex expands its branded optical drive line-up by launching internal and external DVD Recorders.
2002 Memorex introduces its first USB flash drive, the ThumbDrive. The ultimate in portable storage, ThumbDrives are able to hold up to 512MB of data, music, or other digital files, with USB 1.1 compatibility.
2003 Memorex expands its USB flash drive product line-up by introducing an all new, uniquely designed High Speed USB 2.0 TravelDrive. The USB flash drive market grows by 1,500 percent from 2002 to 2003.
2003 Memorex introduces an award-winning dual format DVD recorder, expanding the product line to 10 active models, more than any other tier one retail branded optical drive marketer.
2003 Memorex remains number one in sales of digital CD and DVD media and emerges as a leader in the DVD drive marketplace, garnering PC Magazine Editor's Choice, PC Magazine Best Of 2003, PC World Editor's Pick and PC World Best Buy honors.
2003 Memorex is the first to bring to market DVD 120 discs - the VHS tape replacement - expressly for home video DVD recording.
2004 Memorex leads the charge to deliver standardized dual-layer DVD media and drives to market.
2004 Memorex expands its TravelDrive family to include the industry's largest storage capacities -1GB and 2GB - making portable storage virtually limitless.
Since Memorex burst onto the recording scene more than 30 years ago with "Is it live or is it Memorex?" a lot has changed. But with each generation, Memorex continues to remain one of the most widely recognized and respected names in the consumer electronics industry. By bringing to market the high performance products consumers’ demand, Memorex is a preeminent brand in CD and DVD media, optical drives, flash drives and media accessories.
Today, Memorex brand products can be found in over 25 different countries across the globe. In the United States, Memorex media products are carried in 21 of the nation's top 25 retailers, which represent more than 25,000 retail locations. As the number one retail provider of branded digital media, Memorex ships nearly a billion CD and DVD discs each year- enough to carpet the entire state of New York!
Not just a media brand, Memorex, now a division of Imation Corp, markets a wide range of products that consumers use to capture, save and share all facets of life, from music to memories. Other storage products offered by Memorex include the award-winning line of CD and DVD recorders, a fast growing line of USB flash drives, and a wide assortment of media cleaning, labeling, and organization products.
The Memorex brand continues to thrive, serving as the benchmark for lifelike sound and image reproduction. Is it live or is it Memorex? You decide.