The main specificity of the Predator is obviously its original gorgeous
design. Relatively compact with its dimensions of
Below the cover is the eject button (that only works when the drive is powered) and a small hole for emergency eject: near them are two green and red LEDs that indicate the status of the drive. The front of the drive, where the blue and grey plastic surfaces meet, displays a small silver stick worth of the BMW style. The right side unveils a volume wheel and a mini jack connector where you can plug audio earphones.
the Predator revealed one major problem. Itís extremely noisy! Reading or
burning a CD will generally be noisier than the fans of your PC (and here I
have a PC with
Technology And BenchMarks
The Iomega Predator 24x10x40 comes with a relatively small 2 MB buffer memory but is luckily seconded by BurnProof, the well known acclaimed buffer underrun protection technology. The Burn-Proof technology enables CD-R/RW drives to record data seamlessly between the end of one recorded point and the start of another recording point, even though data transfer may be suspended due to the occurrence of a Buffer Under Run Error. Thus users can do other tasks on their PC while burning. Using the Z-CLV (constant linear velocity) technology, the drive is announced to burn CD-R in 24x, CD-RW in 10x while the reading speed should reach 40x in better conditions. Iomega doesn't disclose the manufacturer of the mechanic.
To evaluate the performance of the Predator, we connected it to the embedded USB 2.0 controller of our Intel D850EMV2 motherboard that employs a Nec chip. We used the latest confidential Windows XP USB 2.0 drivers to run the test. The average recording speed we obtained with the Iomega Predator 24x10x40 attained 22.68x which is very near to the announced 24x theoretical speed. As you can see in the burning speed graph the burning process starts at 16.02x, reaches 20x at the fifth minute befores attaining 24x at the 16th minute of the CD-R where the speed is maintained constant at 24.03x throughout the whole recording process. During our tests using Nero CD-Speed the reading speed of the burner reached the high speed of 38.34x while the reading started at 18.05x, which is simply outstanding for such a model. The average speed was 29.40x. The average access time demonstrated during the tests reached 87msec a result that is way better than the performance of the Yamaha CRW70 portable USB 2.0 burner. The CPU occupation level didnít exceed 11% in 8x.
below shows the seek times of the Yamaha CRW
As you can see the seek times of the Iomega Predator 24x10x40 are excellent, letting the Yamaha CRW70 far behind.
Digital Audio Extraction (DAE)
Iomega didnít forget the numerous MP