We at CDFreaks would like to present a preview of the latest multi drive from NEC, the ND-4570A. The ND-4570A boasts several improvements over the ND-4550A. Among these improvements is a new faster 8x writing method for DVD±R, a new 6x CLV (Constant Linear Velocity) writing method for DVD-RW and 8x writing speed support for DVD-R DL media.
The NEC ND-4570A supports 48x/32x CD-R/RW, 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. DVD-RAM at present is supported at up to 5X.
Below is the NEC ND-4570A specifications found on NEC (D) website
What‘s inside the box?
Since the drive is a bulk drive, there is neither a retail box nor any software, cables or fixing screws.
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself.
The internal ND-4570A drive
The bezel is NEC’s usual plain but not unattractive style. The front sports a single (green) LED for read/write, an emergency eject hole and the eject/close button.
On top of the drive we found one label, and we can see the drive was manufactured in Malaysia, during January 2006.
On the back of the drive there are from the left: Digital Audio connector; analogue audio connector; pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or master; IDE connector, power connector.
What’s new on the ND-4570A:
- The NEC ND-4570A has been completely redesigned and housed in a new case, which is approximately 2cm shorter than previous NEC drives.
- The drive mechanism has also been redesigned, and it appears an all new upper chassis has been used.
- An all new bezel has also been used; with the positions of the emergency eject hole and LED repositioned.
- A new tray design, now all trays are black regardless of the bezel colour.
Now, let us install the drive and check out the features on the next page…