AOpen DUW1616L DVD Writer

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AOpen DUW1616L

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$50 7.3/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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the problem with dvd+rw burning was not because of the writer. after i updated jmicron controller driver for my gigabyte g965-ds3 mb, burning went fine and media is being read fine on my dvd player.

Comments posted by Beluck from Ukraine, January 25, 2008. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

had not much problems with reading/writing. only today it can't burn some philips dvd+rw 4x disks (code PHILIPS.041). will return them back to shop.
this is indeed Lite-On SHW-1635S and I easily updated firmware to YS0Z ( and then disabled region check (with

Comments posted by Beluck from Ukraine, January 23, 2008. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

purchased in 2/06. writes everything i've thrown at it, from bad memorex media to sony and verbatims without a hitch. no problem with cd media, either. Discs can be read by numerous standalone players.

Comments posted by orangewhale from United States, January 01, 2007. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have bought a new pc with this drive. It burns ok, no coasters at all. However most of the discs I burn don't play in my Philips DVP520 player. I can't use Verbatim dvd-r 16x, Traxdata dvd-r 8x, and Platinum dvd+r 2,4x DL dvd's In my old Pioneer 107 all those discs did play in my Philips player. The only discs that are burned ok AND play are Verbatim DVD+r 16x.
So this is very disappointing. I'll replace it for a better drive for sure (probably a BenQ dw1655).

Comments posted by Jackson from Netherlands, November 23, 2006. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Bought it in January 2006 when I finally got a new PC. Bought it from CompUSA as my "sole" drive, boot drive, CD drive, burner, and all. Was... mostly satisfied with it.

Seems to be compatible with almost anything. Bought mainly Office Depot/Staples media (turns out to be FUJIFILM03 MIDs) and had no problem with 8X or 16X speed burns. Also happy with CD-Rs, used Office Depot, Maxell, and HP media.

Until one day in September 2006 when it refused to load any CD's. CD is loaded into tray and retracted. The spindle tries to spin up, but some "cracking/scratching" sound was heard right at max RPM, then spindle slows back down. It retries about 5 times before it quits for good, and no disc was sensed at all. Even the Microsoft XP CD refused to load, not just CD-R blanks. Strangely, DVD's continue to work fine (even burning DVD's)

AOpen has no firmware upgrade or any troubleshooting info on the net, other than very generic instructions.

There seems to be indications that this is built by Lite-On, but there is no newer firmware available, so I think I'm sunk.

It did came with 3 different face plates, plus OEM Nero and OEM PowerDVD, but other than that stuff's pretty bare.

Comments posted by KC from United States, September 29, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

This drive has been wonderful for me so far. I've had it about 6 months without problems. I havent found any media it cant read/write. It worked very well with the cheap DVD-Rs I bought from OfficeMax. It's actually a rebadged LiteOn 1635S.

Comments posted by Josh from United States, June 16, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

DO NOT BUY THIS BURNER! The only reason I gave this a rating greater than 1 is because I have been able to successfully use it with one media. However, I purchased a 25-pack of DVD-RW imation 1x discs and wasn't able to burn them using the AOpen writer. I contacted Imation thinking it was a disc problem and they wanted me to send some in. So instead of that, I tried it on a friend's Imac computer and it burned just fine. AOpen has HORRIBLE technical support. It is only online and their it is crap (I kept trying to post comments and they would get lost and I would have to resubmit them). Their only suggestion was to try some different DVD-RW discs and see if they work. Well, I'm not about to go out and spend $20 on more discs (since you can't just purchase 1 disc anywhere!) and have them MAYBE work!! Anyway, this is a total waste of money unless you want to only use discs people have said work (such as HP DVD-R 8x 4.7 GB).

Comments posted by Andrew from United States, May 14, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Had this burner a couple weeks now. I have not had any problems burning disk at all. I am using NeroExpress. I have only tried Sony DVD-R media so far. The only problem I have had (pretty common issue) is that some media burned by other people with different types of burners doesn't read.

Comments posted by Datilus from United States, December 27, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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Write support / Read support
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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