During the testing the Toshiba also failed to complete the 8.1GB burn of digital images to DVD-R DL media. To be fair the drive managed to complete the test on the second attempt, but when youâ€™re writing masses of data to expensive media, the last thing you want is for the job to fail right at the end and leave you with a pricey coaster.
The Toshiba comes with an impressive retail bundle. In the box youâ€™ll find a quick start guide, a CD with drivers and manuals, a copy of Nero OEM Suite, a set of mounting screws and most importantly, an IDE cable. Iâ€™m a firm believer that a retail boxed optical drive should ship with an IDE cable, since thereâ€™s no guarantee that the person buying it will have one.
When it comes to price the Toshiba is pretty reasonable considering the specification, performance and the retail bundle. At Â£41 the SD-R5472 represents pretty good value and if it wasnâ€™t for the existence of the NEC ND-4550A, it could well have walked away with an award.
The Toshiba SD-R5472 is a good DVD writer with a solid retail bundle and decent performance. But when you consider that the NEC is faster, cheaper and more versatile, the Toshiba just loses out.