Yamaha Internal EIDE CD-RW CD Recorder

Internal - MPN: CRWF1ZE
Product Details
Description
This Yamaha CD Recorder represents a bold leap forward in CD Recording technology. The CRW-F1 is the first CD Recorder to provide 24X ReWrite with Mt. Rainier support, Yamaha's exclusive DiscT@2 technology for CD labeling, Advanced Audio Master for creating studio quality audio and data CDs, and a software bundle worth over $300, truly making this the Ultimate CD Recorder... Yamaha: Accept No Substitutes.
Quick Glance
Type of Drive CD-Writer
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 40-pin IDC
Expert Reviews
Yamaha CRW-F1 44X/24X/44X EIDE (White)
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Dec 16, 2002

THE GOOD: Fast and smooth performance; DiscT@2 technology lets you burn a label or logo directly onto your CD-R media; generous software bundle. THE BAD: Expensive; packet writing could be faster; poor DiscT@2 instructions. THE BOTTOM LINE: Want to get in touch with your creative side? The CRW-F1 lets you burn more than just data and music.

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User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member robertburrell - Mar 19, 2003   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: Occasionally, Nero has a problem starting up, but this is a software problem and not the burner.

To all those who think the T@2 doesn't work. There are options on how it prints the image. My first image was very faint, but at close examination it was just the outline of the image, in my case letters. A simple change to a setting was made, and the second attempt was a success. Dark filled in letters, and easy to see. This is a really cool feature, and should not be frowned upon by those who can't read directons or don't attempt to fiddle with options.

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5 Star Review   By member fyrewyr - Mar 19, 2003   

Strengths: Nero 5.5, extra media, ultra-DMA cable, availability of firmware, whisper quiet.

Weakness: If you switch computers, and want a new faceplate (black vs. white), you have to return the drive and order a new one. Email support is a little sluggish to respond.

While it's odd that the drive is 44x (vs 40/48x), I haven't had a single issue w/this drive on Win2k, a 300MHz PII, and a 2.4 GHz P4. That "cute image technology" knocked in previous posts as "light" or "not working" is probably more user-specific - not the drive. It worked fine on my first try -- but on the *wrong* media, which (RTFM) documentation CLEARLY states will be LIGHT...yes, indeed: it's hard to see. But they have a list of SUGGESTED MEDIA, and frankly, when you follow the directions, it actually is kindof "cute". I've had no coasters, and the drive automatically adjusts to slower media. IMHO, this is an excellent drive, it's faster than similar drives, and it's not hard to get one at a reasonable price.

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5 Star Review   By member niteowl302002 - Mar 14, 2003   

Strengths: Solid burn repeatedly! Silent:) Smooth. Great specs. Proof at http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20020927/index.html

I own many Yamaha products. The DSP - A1 in gold finish. A few CD players. and of course the CRW - F1. The other nice thing with Yamaha is the Firmware updates. I own a cycle as well from Yamaha and am trading it this year to the FJR 1300. Everything I have owned from Yamaha is great for value and superb reliability without compromise. PS. This recorder and Ahead Nero & Clone CD were matches made in heaven! Clone CD's test in the review from toms hardware gave it a perfect 100%! You can't go wrong!

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3 Star Review   By member buffgotstuff - Mar 2, 2003   

Strengths: Very reliable (Its only been 2 months and i've already burned over 2000 cd's with only 2 coster)and fast 44x burning. Works with all cd media tested so far. plus Nero 5.5 is included!!

Weakness: Big diffrence in burning speed if media is not 44x compatible. Falls from 44x to 16x :(

Great burner but kinda expensive. I have not been able to finda media that was compatible with DiskT@2 labeling... Other than that I do not regret buying this burner :)

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1 Star Review   By member BOBL273 - Jan 28, 2003   

Strengths: I don't know, the drive never worked

Weakness: See above

The drive install was straight forward, given the so-so documentation. Installed the Nero software, but after that, every time I tried to use Nero BurnRom, my PC locked up. I downloaded every fix suggested at both the Yamaha and Nero web sites, but no luck. Called Yamaha tech support. The first tech (after waiting 15 minutes) was no help. He instructed me to uninstall the Nero software, load the new demo version from Nero, and if it worked, I was to call Yamaha back, and then he'd give me the key code. Did all that then was asked if this was a replacement drive. Yes, it was replacing a HP 9300 series CD-RW. Then I was asked if I had a Toshiba DVD-Rom and if I ever had Adaptec software installed on my PC. When I told the tech guy yes I had a Toshiba DVD drive and I had removed all the Adaptec software — even cleaning the registry of all references of the Adaptec software, I was told to download a bunch of files that should help me with the obvious software conflicts. But when I looked at the downloads at the Nero site, installing all these patches would have changed the entire functionality of my PC. Faster or not, no CD burned or the cute burning (etching) feature of the CRW-F1 is worth this grief. The drive goes back tomorrow.

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5 Star Review   By member jonathandr - Oct 15, 2002   

Strengths: This drive is definitely a very high quality product, all features work as stated in the manual and on Yamahas website, you people who say the T@2 doesn't work must not know how to use it, nero 5.5.#

Weakness: has a very easy to follow button. it's not bright but it never claimed to be!

I am pleased with this and would recommend it to anyone, so long as you have the media, it will burn at the stated speeds. Well done Yamaha!!!

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5 Star Review   By member woody_roberts - Sep 8, 2002   

Strengths: High quality product from a high quality company. Lots of formats.

Weakness: This is a brand new product from a reputable company. Sure there are some rough edges. But they'll sort them out. There is no such thing as perfect product out of the gate. Be patient.

This is one of the front runners in what is a constantly evolving technology. And it is a significant step ahead with CD-MRW. Mt. Rainier finally offers a valid alternative to the floppy. People with 4X drives are stuck at 4X. You can right now move to 12X and 24X very shortly. How soon - probably a lot less than the time it took from 4X to 12X. And right now you have a +500 MB floppy. Brag on that for a while.

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5 Star Review   By member Perrin - Sep 8, 2002   

Strengths: Fast recording at 44X, Great Audio CD quality and DiscT@2 labeling system DOES work

Weakness: Bad raps from other reviewers (see below)

I don't understand why anyone would give a bad rap to this product, they complain about their DiscT@2 labeling system not working properly or not working at all. Is funny because mine DOES work just fine. No issues with that and i think its pretty cool. The only complain with this product would be the fact that there is no 24X CD-RW media out there, but who cares, i can also use a 10X CD-RW media and record at 10X, is not the end of the world. It wouldn't work out with other 12X or 16X CD-RW recorders anyways. It DOES record at 44X faster than other 44X recorders, and the Yamaha CD Master Audio recording quality is what i was looking for to play my Audio CDs in my car, sweet!!!

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3 Star Review   By member wenreder - Aug 17, 2002   

Strengths: Quality CD Audio recording. Well constructed. Good instruction manual (real booklet) NOT a CD "ReadMe".

Weakness: DiscT@2 does NOT work...... very, very "faint".....very, very dissappointing. A lot of HYPE about something that does NOT work.... it sure "baited" ME to PRE-ORDER one at FULL PRICE from Yamaha :-( !

Until two weeks ago the YAMAHA name always meant "quality" to me, so I especially waited and chose the "new" CRW-F1 specifically for my AUDIO CD recording needs. THIS unit was supposed to be the "better" choice over the Plextor unit, but unfortunately, I too was "baited" and "taken-in" by the DiscT@2 feature, which is really so lame, so poor..... it DOES NOT WORK. YAMAHA, SHAME ON YOU !! How could such a "top rate" Company SELL something like this ?? And I paid OVER $200 (inc. tax & shipping) to PRE-ORDER direct from Yamaha. NOW, I am having a Hell of a time trying to find 24X CD-RW MEDIA .......... only 10X out there right now :-( 24X is a good thing for CD-RW, but where do I buy the correct media from.... and I DON'T mean for $5.00+ a disc !!

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1 Star Review   By member weltwon - Aug 13, 2002   

Strengths: Nice carton.

Weakness: Doesn't do what's advertised

If this new burner did as advertised, I'd be happy to have spent $190. The "supposed" new technology burns data 33% slower than my 40X Plextor using the same Nero 5.5 software. The exciting new labeling system wouldn't work at all. Aside from that, neither Yamaha nor Nero supplied any help for the T@2 labeling software, nor do either have anything on their websites. This loser is going back for a refund.

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Product Details
Description
This Yamaha CD Recorder represents a bold leap forward in CD Recording technology. The CRW-F1 is the first CD Recorder to provide 24X ReWrite with Mt. Rainier support, Yamaha's exclusive DiscT@2 technology for CD labeling, Advanced Audio Master for creating studio quality audio and data CDs, and a software bundle worth over $300, truly making this the Ultimate CD Recorder... Yamaha: Accept No Substitutes.
Quick Glance
Type of Drive CD-Writer
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 40-pin IDC
Summary
Product Title Yamaha Internal EIDE CD-RW CD Recorder
Manufacturer Yamaha
Power Score 4.0 | 11 Reviews
General
Category: Recordable
Load Type: Tray
Class: Cd-Rom
Performance
Cache Size: 8 MB
Dimensions
Height: 1.60 in
Weight: 2 lbs
Width: 5.80 in
Depth: 8 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
CD-ROM Read Speed: 44 X (CD,CD-R)
Access Time: 130 ms
Maximum Read Speed: 44x
Host Transfer Rate: 6600 KBytes/sec
Maximum Write Speed: 44x
Brand Name: Yamaha
Multisession Compatibility: Disk-at-Once(DAO), Packet Write, Session-At-Once (SAO), Track-at-Once (TAO)
Drive Interface: IDE
CD Write Speed: 44 X (CD,CD-R)
System Type: PC
Description: 0
Base Warranty: 1 year(s)
Compatible Formats: CD Extra, CD-DA, CD-I Ready, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo-CD, Video-CD (MPEG-1)
CD Rewrite Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
Maximum Rewrite Speed: 24x
Expert Reviews
Yamaha CRW-F1 44X/24X/44X EIDE (White)
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Dec 16, 2002

THE GOOD: Fast and smooth performance; DiscT@2 technology lets you burn a label or logo directly onto your CD-R media; generous software bundle. THE BAD: Expensive; packet writing could be faster; poor DiscT@2 instructions. THE BOTTOM LINE: Want to get in touch with your creative side? The CRW-F1 lets you burn more than just data and music.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member robertburrell - Mar 19, 2003   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: Occasionally, Nero has a problem starting up, but this is a software problem and not the burner.

To all those who think the T@2 doesn't work. There are options on how it prints the image. My first image was very faint, but at close examination it was just the outline of the image, in my case letters. A simple change to a setting was made, and the second attempt was a success. Dark filled in letters, and easy to see. This is a really cool feature, and should not be frowned upon by those who can't read directons or don't attempt to fiddle with options.

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5 Star Review   By member fyrewyr - Mar 19, 2003   

Strengths: Nero 5.5, extra media, ultra-DMA cable, availability of firmware, whisper quiet.

Weakness: If you switch computers, and want a new faceplate (black vs. white), you have to return the drive and order a new one. Email support is a little sluggish to respond.

While it's odd that the drive is 44x (vs 40/48x), I haven't had a single issue w/this drive on Win2k, a 300MHz PII, and a 2.4 GHz P4. That "cute image technology" knocked in previous posts as "light" or "not working" is probably more user-specific - not the drive. It worked fine on my first try -- but on the *wrong* media, which (RTFM) documentation CLEARLY states will be LIGHT...yes, indeed: it's hard to see. But they have a list of SUGGESTED MEDIA, and frankly, when you follow the directions, it actually is kindof "cute". I've had no coasters, and the drive automatically adjusts to slower media. IMHO, this is an excellent drive, it's faster than similar drives, and it's not hard to get one at a reasonable price.

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5 Star Review   By member niteowl302002 - Mar 14, 2003   

Strengths: Solid burn repeatedly! Silent:) Smooth. Great specs. Proof at http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20020927/index.html

I own many Yamaha products. The DSP - A1 in gold finish. A few CD players. and of course the CRW - F1. The other nice thing with Yamaha is the Firmware updates. I own a cycle as well from Yamaha and am trading it this year to the FJR 1300. Everything I have owned from Yamaha is great for value and superb reliability without compromise. PS. This recorder and Ahead Nero & Clone CD were matches made in heaven! Clone CD's test in the review from toms hardware gave it a perfect 100%! You can't go wrong!

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3 Star Review   By member buffgotstuff - Mar 2, 2003   

Strengths: Very reliable (Its only been 2 months and i've already burned over 2000 cd's with only 2 coster)and fast 44x burning. Works with all cd media tested so far. plus Nero 5.5 is included!!

Weakness: Big diffrence in burning speed if media is not 44x compatible. Falls from 44x to 16x :(

Great burner but kinda expensive. I have not been able to finda media that was compatible with DiskT@2 labeling... Other than that I do not regret buying this burner :)

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1 Star Review   By member BOBL273 - Jan 28, 2003   

Strengths: I don't know, the drive never worked

Weakness: See above

The drive install was straight forward, given the so-so documentation. Installed the Nero software, but after that, every time I tried to use Nero BurnRom, my PC locked up. I downloaded every fix suggested at both the Yamaha and Nero web sites, but no luck. Called Yamaha tech support. The first tech (after waiting 15 minutes) was no help. He instructed me to uninstall the Nero software, load the new demo version from Nero, and if it worked, I was to call Yamaha back, and then he'd give me the key code. Did all that then was asked if this was a replacement drive. Yes, it was replacing a HP 9300 series CD-RW. Then I was asked if I had a Toshiba DVD-Rom and if I ever had Adaptec software installed on my PC. When I told the tech guy yes I had a Toshiba DVD drive and I had removed all the Adaptec software — even cleaning the registry of all references of the Adaptec software, I was told to download a bunch of files that should help me with the obvious software conflicts. But when I looked at the downloads at the Nero site, installing all these patches would have changed the entire functionality of my PC. Faster or not, no CD burned or the cute burning (etching) feature of the CRW-F1 is worth this grief. The drive goes back tomorrow.

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5 Star Review   By member jonathandr - Oct 15, 2002   

Strengths: This drive is definitely a very high quality product, all features work as stated in the manual and on Yamahas website, you people who say the T@2 doesn't work must not know how to use it, nero 5.5.#

Weakness: has a very easy to follow button. it's not bright but it never claimed to be!

I am pleased with this and would recommend it to anyone, so long as you have the media, it will burn at the stated speeds. Well done Yamaha!!!

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5 Star Review   By member woody_roberts - Sep 8, 2002   

Strengths: High quality product from a high quality company. Lots of formats.

Weakness: This is a brand new product from a reputable company. Sure there are some rough edges. But they'll sort them out. There is no such thing as perfect product out of the gate. Be patient.

This is one of the front runners in what is a constantly evolving technology. And it is a significant step ahead with CD-MRW. Mt. Rainier finally offers a valid alternative to the floppy. People with 4X drives are stuck at 4X. You can right now move to 12X and 24X very shortly. How soon - probably a lot less than the time it took from 4X to 12X. And right now you have a +500 MB floppy. Brag on that for a while.

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5 Star Review   By member Perrin - Sep 8, 2002   

Strengths: Fast recording at 44X, Great Audio CD quality and DiscT@2 labeling system DOES work

Weakness: Bad raps from other reviewers (see below)

I don't understand why anyone would give a bad rap to this product, they complain about their DiscT@2 labeling system not working properly or not working at all. Is funny because mine DOES work just fine. No issues with that and i think its pretty cool. The only complain with this product would be the fact that there is no 24X CD-RW media out there, but who cares, i can also use a 10X CD-RW media and record at 10X, is not the end of the world. It wouldn't work out with other 12X or 16X CD-RW recorders anyways. It DOES record at 44X faster than other 44X recorders, and the Yamaha CD Master Audio recording quality is what i was looking for to play my Audio CDs in my car, sweet!!!

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3 Star Review   By member wenreder - Aug 17, 2002   

Strengths: Quality CD Audio recording. Well constructed. Good instruction manual (real booklet) NOT a CD "ReadMe".

Weakness: DiscT@2 does NOT work...... very, very "faint".....very, very dissappointing. A lot of HYPE about something that does NOT work.... it sure "baited" ME to PRE-ORDER one at FULL PRICE from Yamaha :-( !

Until two weeks ago the YAMAHA name always meant "quality" to me, so I especially waited and chose the "new" CRW-F1 specifically for my AUDIO CD recording needs. THIS unit was supposed to be the "better" choice over the Plextor unit, but unfortunately, I too was "baited" and "taken-in" by the DiscT@2 feature, which is really so lame, so poor..... it DOES NOT WORK. YAMAHA, SHAME ON YOU !! How could such a "top rate" Company SELL something like this ?? And I paid OVER $200 (inc. tax & shipping) to PRE-ORDER direct from Yamaha. NOW, I am having a Hell of a time trying to find 24X CD-RW MEDIA .......... only 10X out there right now :-( 24X is a good thing for CD-RW, but where do I buy the correct media from.... and I DON'T mean for $5.00+ a disc !!

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1 Star Review   By member weltwon - Aug 13, 2002   

Strengths: Nice carton.

Weakness: Doesn't do what's advertised

If this new burner did as advertised, I'd be happy to have spent $190. The "supposed" new technology burns data 33% slower than my 40X Plextor using the same Nero 5.5 software. The exciting new labeling system wouldn't work at all. Aside from that, neither Yamaha nor Nero supplied any help for the T@2 labeling software, nor do either have anything on their websites. This loser is going back for a refund.

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