Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 23, 2001
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Optical Drive Features--Part 1 of 5
The optical storage drive appears to be here to stay. With faster and faster drives and the addition of DVD-ROM and record-capable CD-RW, the choices in optical drives is only growing vaster.

If you're looking for a new drive, keep this in mind...

Look for a drive that features CD playback controls (next track, previous track), a volume wheel, and a headset jack on the front of the unit. With a drive like this, you can quickly plug in headphones and listen to your favorite music CD even if a microphone and speakers are consuming your sound card ports (or if your headphone cable is too short to reach to the back of your PC).