From: John Kim (kim_at_mak.com)
Date: Mon Jun 09 1997 - 14:56:55 EDT
On Mon, 9 Jun 1997, Kenneth Rosenblatt wrote:
> I'm contemplating buying a 4x PCMCIA CD-ROM drive to use with my
> Thinkpad 560. I'm considering buying a unit made by EXP that sells for
> $160, compared with $299 for units from Sony (a 6x) and Panasonic (4x).
> Has anyone had experience with this unit? EXP claims that it is
> compatible--is anybody using it with a 560? Am I better off spending
> the extra $140 to buy the Sony or Panasonic?
Dunno about the EXP. The Panasonic uses a QLogic PCMCIA SCSI
card and a standard mini SCSI-2 plug, so you can use it with
other SCSI devices w/o much problem. The Sony is also a SCSI,
but uses a proprietary connector with (AFIK) no adapter for use
with standard SCSI devices.
I got the Panasonic for my TP701, and aside from it being a
little noisy, I'm very happy with it. It's got an AC adapter
half the size of a pack of gum, and doubles as an audio CD
player (w/o computer). The Sony I think comes with a battery
If you don't need to move the thing, you may be better off
getting an Adaptec SCSI2 PCMCIA card (around $170) and picking
up a used external SCSI CD-ROM from someone who's upgraded to an
8x or 16x. Both the Adaptec and QLogic work with Linux and all
the other major OSes (DOS, Win??, OS/2). That'll give you the
flexibility of adding other SCSI devices (Zip drives, Jaz
drives, external hard drives, scanners, etc.), as well as
upgrading to a faster CD-ROM or CD-Recordable drive in the
future w/o having to limit yourself to PCMCIA versions.
-- John H. Kim kim_at_mak.com
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