JackRabbit runs fast and plays all
1 April 2005 | 0
The Philips JR32RWDV (aka the JackRabbit) is a CD Rewriter, DVD ROM drive and a standalone MP3 CD Player in one, making it the perfect item for the computer user who has (almost) everything, whether it is being used for business or pleasure.
If your notebook is not equipped with a CD Rewritable drive, a portable external drive could be just what your business needs.
As a CD-Rewritable drive, this device performs remarkably well. Set up is quite simple; a separate CD ROM includes all the software and drivers you need to get the device up and running. The device uses USB 2.0 to communicate with your PC or notebook; this is a faster standard than the ubiquitous USB 1.1. The device is backwards compatible with USB 1.1, but it will work at slower speeds. With USB 2.0, the CD Rewriter will reach speeds of 32x; using USB1.1 drops the speed to 4x for burning CDs. The 40x read speed is quite impressive.
Another advantage of this device is that it uses EasyWrite, a new standard for writing to CD RW discs that allows you to ‘drag and drop’ files to the CD. This means you can treat the CD almost like a large capacity floppy disk. And since it supports the CD RW format, you can wipe the disc once you’re finished and begin all over again.
As a DVD player, this is an incredibly compact device. Its dimensions can only be described as minimal and it is barely noticeable sitting next to the TV or notebook. In fact, the bulkiest thing about the JackRabbit is the power cord. Unfortunately, it is not powered by the USB port on the computer; having to bring the power cord everywhere you go may cut down on its portability when you are using it as a CD-RW drive for your notebook.
When you are using the DVD player with your PC or notebook, it’s worth noting that USB 2.0 is a must, as the USB 1.1 interface is too slow.
You can also use the device to display digital images (jpegs) on a TV. An S-video cable is also included with the package.
One of the best features of the JackRabbit is the ‘Blue Button’ function. One touch of the button will upgrade the drive with the latest firmware, direct you to the Internet support pages or launch your favourite application automatically.