This drive is very similar to the
DVR-S706 external offering from Pioneer. Both drives utilize
the same software bundle, and both specification sheets look
identical. From the exterior, the drives look exactly the
same, if one could ignore the fact that one is internal, and
the other is external. The face plate of the drive is the
same as the external, but unfortunately, it looks rather
awkward as an internal device.
When installed in my test PC, the drive
looks a little out of place, due to its rectangular lines
and large gap around the perimeter. It’s pretty obvious that
Pioneer set out to make a distinctive look. The one thing
that looks real nice is the silver eject button. It’s metal,
shinny, and protrudes out a nice distance for wider fingers.
The drive comes in two different colors, black or beige.
Installation was straight forward,
and there were no speed bumps throughout the process.
The drive accepted all media I through at it, and was
remarkably quiet throughout the testing procedure.
Included in the box was the same software package that
comes with the drive’s external cousin, and blank DVD-R
/ DVD-RW JVC Media.