Sony’s latest retail half height [desktop] drive released for Summer/Fall 2007, the DRU-840A, is a 20x drive capable of all major DVD and CD formats. Its specifications include:
12x DVD±R DL
The retail box includes: the drive itself [DRU-840A], Sony Software Disc [Rev. 7.90W], a Quick Start Guide, Front Panel Replacement Guide & Front Panel Replacement Kit [including a black bezel], 4 screws, a Product Information packet, and Warranty/Registration Cards.
The drive is based on the recently-released Samsung SH-S202 PATA drive. This drive was made in Indonesia in July 2007, and has firmware SS00 [very close to the stock Samsung SB00 firmware nomenclature].
The black bezel for the drive is very reminiscant of that of Optiarc drives. The beige/silver bezel is of typical Sony styling. Both feature the Sony logo dead center, with the Compact Disc logo to the left and DVD Multi Recorder and RW–DVD+ReWritable logos to the right. The rest is empty.