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CD-R/RWs are the storage of choice for tons of music fans. Find the burner that's right for you with our reviews:

Sony CRX200E-A1 Double Density CD-R/RW  
CNET rating:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best
The good: Writes to 1.3GB Double Density (DD) CD-R and CD-RW media; backward-compatible with regular CD media; hefty software bundle.
The bad: DD media can't be read by other CD drives.
The bottom line: Sony's Double Density CD-R/RW drive and its media cost somewhat more than comparable single-density drives, but those who need to store a lot of data will find them well worth the price.

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Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A  
CNET rating:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best
The good: Easy installation; thorough documentation; lots of useful software; good overall performance.
The bad: No CD audio cable included; short one-year warranty; phone support available only during business hours.
The bottom line: The PlexWriter is a fast, reasonably priced drive with documentation that novices will appreciate.

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TEAC CD-W516E 16X/10X/40X  
CNET rating:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best
The good: Burns quickly; a speedy reader.
The bad: Unusually slow audio extraction.
The bottom line: The TEAC performs well on data applications, but audio enthusiasts might look elsewhere.

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LaCie 161040  
CNET rating:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best
The good: External FireWire and USB support means great portability between systems; phone support available on weekends.
The bad: Slow; very picky about the installation of FireWire and USB connections; light on bundled software.
The bottom line: Even if you can get over the installation hurdles, the LaCie is still a mediocre performer.

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QPS Que Fire 16X/10X/40X
CNET rating:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best
The good: External FireWire support allows portability; fast DAE is a boon for audio enthusiasts.
The bad: Very picky about the FireWire connection; slow at writing audio; support available only during business hours; sparse software.
The bottom line: An adequate CD-R/RW drive, the Que Fire demonstrated mixed audio and marginal read performance, but it was the better of the FireWire drives we tested.

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